Non-essential water ban back in effect for WPU customers

WORTHINGTON – According to Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain, the non-essential water ban proposed weeks ago by the Water and Light Commission went into effect today. At this morning’s check of well levels at the Lake Bella well field, the static level at Well No. 26 was 30 feet 2 inches, which is 4 feet 8 inches below the 15-year average.

Effective Nov. 3, violators of the ban will be subject to a $90 fine for the first offense, and a $160 fine for a second offense. Continued violations may result in water service to the property being disconnected. The ban includes the use of any water from the public water supply for the purposes of irrigation, the washing of driveways, sidewalks, decks and patios, vehicles, or any other wasteful non-essential use of City of Worthington of water.

Hain said he’s hoping for fall rain and a normal winter, instead of the light snow we’ve seen in the past two years, so the ban can be removed in the spring. For now, it is in effect until further notice. It won’t take much, he said, to replenish the shallow aquifer that supplies water in the area – just a normal season, instead of the drought our area has been facing for three years. In the meantime, he urges customers to get in the habit of water conservation, water ban or not.

“It is a precious resource,” he said.

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