Drought unlikely to cause city water restrictions | INFORUM

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FARGO —The latest federal data puts our region in a moderate or severe drought level, but the city of Fargo says it isn't expecting water restrictions for the city.

The whole state of North Dakota is in a drought, along with northwestern Minnesota.

And with a drought comes preparations, Fargo has four drought phases. Phase one is normal conditions and phase four is an emergency. Phase 4 restricts people from washing cars, watering lawns and even limits clothes and dish washing.

"At the moment we are really not looking at any mandatory water restrictions or banning," said Troy Hall, Fargo's water utility director.

Hall says we are still months of no rain out from getting concerned.

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"It's not panic time by any means, we are in pretty good shape from a water supply standpoint," he said.

Supply in Fargo can come from three places, the Red River, the Sheyenne River, and the city keeps enough water to get through a year behind the Baldhill Dam.

"A good rain out in lakes country would trickle down and move past our intake eventually," said Hall.

The city does have plans for to pull in water from the Missouri River as a long term drought solution.


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