A water shortage and uncharacteristically high temperatures prompted the City of Battle Ground today to declare a water emergency, according to a news release.
City officials have asked customers to voluntarily reduce water consumption.
A pump failure at one of the city’s high-production wells late last week has exacerbated the situation. Repairs are under way and the well is expected to be back online by Sept. 21.
The city is instituting a voluntary residential, commercial, industrial, and government every-other-day irrigation program: customers with a street address ending in an even number are asked to water only on even numbered days and all such customers with a street address ending in and odd number are asked to water only on odd number days. The city also will reduce usage of designated park and facility irrigation systems.
The water emergency will remain in effect until further notice.
More information about the declaration and water conservation are available on the city’s website at www.cityofbg.org/water.