Warrenton enacts emergency water conservation measures

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by Mike Colombo / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 6 at 11:57 AM

WARRENTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The City of Warrenton is taking emergency measures to preserve its water supply in these dangerously hot and dry conditions.

Warrenton Mayor Jerry Dyer is ordering residents to stop watering their lawns, washing their cars, and filling their swimming pools until there is some rain.

Warrenton has even closed its city pool to help conservation efforts as the city faces the coming days with one of its wells closed. 

“We’ve used one of our other wells to pick up the slack," Dyer said. "That well is running 24/7. Our fear is what if something happens to that well or we burn that pump out then we’re in a more serious problem than just mandatory conservation of water."

Mayor Dyer says if residents are caught breaking this order they could face citations and possible fines.

As part of the order, all of the following are banned:

- Use of ornamental water fountains

- Operating business machinery

- Cleaning outside of homes and inside and outside commercial buildings

- Washing of sidewalks, driveways and other outdoor surfaces

- Commercial car washes

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