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By Teresa Simpson
Gazette Reporter 

Colfax: Reduce water usage

With one well offline, city hopes to prevent shortage of irrigation water


August 11, 2022

COLFAX — City officials are asking ratepayers to reduce irrigation to conserve water.

Public Works Director Matt Hammer said Wednesday, Aug. 3, that the city is currently in the process of replacing the Clay Street Well pump and motor.

The well is currently offline but anticipated to be back in operation early September.

“We are asking our customers to limit watering to 20 minutes per zone, every other day,” Hammer said, noting the city is asking its ratepayers to limit water lawns to overnight hours — from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. — to curtail evaporation.

“We’re running on two wells right now, and those pumps are running 24 hours a day to keep up with demand. So, if residents limit their water usage to my recommendations, we can keep up,” Hammer said, “When we get that well back up, we can use all the water we want.”


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