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Battle Ground urging residents to conserve water

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Following a dip in reservoirs, the city of Battle Ground declared a Stage II water shortage and is asking residents to cut back on watering.

Officials told FOX 12 Battle Ground is not at risk of running out of water but put the notice in place out of precaution after it was discovered reservoirs dropped lower than 70 percent full during last week’s triple-digit temperatures.

Although participation is entirely voluntary, city officials are asking residents and businesses to switch to an every-other-day watering plan when it comes to lawns, gardens and other things that need irrigation.

Officials said they want to ensure there is plenty of water for both residents and for emergency responders like firefighters.

The declaration took effect Friday, and city officials said they plan to keep it in place until temperatures fall below 90 degrees.

Residents who want to participate can follow an easy rule: those with a home address ending in an odd number should water on odd-number days and vice-versa for addresses ending in an even number.

Florence Hutson-Webb was watering her garden Monday morning and told FOX 12 that she is sticking to the recommendations, noting that she learned of the city’s conservation effort from her neighbor.

Hutson-Webb said she would normally water her garden every day in scorching temperatures, especially her tomatoes, which tend to wilt if they don’t get water daily.  

“I worry about them, but they’re just for our enjoyment, so if some of them don’t make it – they don’t make it,” she said. “I want to be able to continue having water. I don’t want it to get so bad that I can’t take a shower.”

Battle Ground officials said they will take measures to save water on city property as well, including local parks.

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