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City of Altoona Implements Partial Watering Ban

Monday, July 23, 2018
Director of Public Works/City Engineer

ALTOONA, WI -- Due to ongoing difficulties related to the repair of an existing well, as well as unseasonably dry weather, the City of Altoona is again ordering a partial ban on watering lawns and other vegetation and on all vehicle washing at home. The ban applies to all City of Altoona water customers including residents, businesses, schools, and parks.  The measures are being implemented immediately to conserve water in order to maintain an adequate supply for drinking and fire protection.

Watering lawns will only be allowed on alternating sides of the street depending on the date. If a resident has an even-numbered address, they may water on even-numbered days and residents with odd-numbered addresses may water on odd-numbered days.

Along with the watering ban, the City is shortening its hours of operations for the River Prairie Splash Pad. The splash pad usually operates daily from 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM. While watering restrictions are in effect, the splash pad will operate from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM daily.

The ban will remain in effect until the well is operational, at which time the City will issue a press release and update its website.  A projected date for lifting the restrictions will be provided once the cause of the failure is determined and the extent of the repair work is known.

The ban is being implemented consistent with Altoona Municipal Ordinance 13.28.010. Failure to comply with the ban could result in a fine up to $500 for the first offense. If you have any questions regarding the ban, please contact the City of Altoona at (715) 839-6092 or visit the City's website at www.ci.altoona.wi.us for updates.