Due to last year’s drought, the City of Grimes is taking measures to preserve their water supply and is asking the citizens for their cooperation.
Earlier this winter, the City and PeopleService, water and wastewater professionals out of Omaha, started a procedure to protect the City’s water supply including drafting and passing a water-drought mitigation procedure, rehabilitation of the former water plant and drilling a new Jordan Well at the current water plant site. The City is also preparing to bid an emergency water connection with Xenia Water.
Currently rehabilitation of the current water plan and drilling of the well is underway; however, City Administrator Kelley Brown said citizens are encouraged to reduce their water use until the new well is completed in September.
"At this time, the City of Grimes is asking you to implement Stage 1 of the water mitigation plan," Brown said in a recent release.
Stage 1 includes irrigation reduction for lawns to every other day for both homes and businesses. Even number addresses can water on even number days with odd on odd days.
Homeowners and business owners will be receiving hand-delivered messages. Each household will be given three warnings within one month before their water is disconnected and a $50 reconnect fee is charged.
"You are a great community, and I know we can all work together to get us through this," Brown said in the release. "All we need is everyone to do their part and reduce their usage whenever they can and proceed according to the plan."