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Wasting water

City official says watering lawns, gardens during heat of day is wastefu.

Do you water your lawn in the middle of a hot summer day?

Shame on you.

Not only do you waste a precious and finite resource, such a practice also affects city water supplies.

City services director Shane Gruber said he can tell from checking water tower levels whether or not the community is using water wisely.

On a voluntary basis, Gruber pointed out that residents and businesses are not supposed to water between 1 and 7 p.m.

“And you really shouldn’t water when the temperature is above 75 degrees because most everything evaporates, it’s not getting into the ground,” he said.

Watering during the hottest part of the day also puts a strain on city electrical usage and ultimately affects pocketbooks.

If Gothenburg reaches or exceeds peak usage during a day, the city is charged more by Nebraska Public Power District.

To deal with water shortages, the Gothenburg City Council passed an ordinance last year where the city can shut down or limit water use in the case of severe drought, a big fire, a faulty well, etc.

“Water is not unlimited and it’s not at the same level as it used to be,” Gruber said, adding that supplies are not being replenished.”

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