The emergency restrictions began July 1 as water use spiked during the hot, dry summer months. The situation was further complicated as supply chain issues slowed repairs to a major city well.
The well has now been returned to service, and daily water demand has fallen to a reasonable level that allows water levels in the water towers to remain stable.
The mayor noted that the restrictions are removed as of Sept. 19, and thanked residents for following the conservation efforts all summer. “We appreciate everyone’s support of these measures,” Mayor Mike Porsch said.
Also during Monday’s council meeting, the mayor proclaimed October 9-15 as Fire Prevention Week in Storm Lake, in keeping with a national effort. The Storm Lake Fire Department will be active that week in providing prevention information and assistance to the public, with details of those efforts to be announced soon.
In his proclamation, Mayor Porsch noted that in the most recent year’s statistics available, 2,580 civilian fire deaths were recorded, and firefighters responded to 356,000 home fires. Working smoke detectors can cut the risk of fire death in half, he said. The mayor urged residents to ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are properly working in their homes, and encouraged families to make and practice an escape plan in the event of a fire.
“We all think it won’t happen to us, but if it does, it can make a big difference to be prepared,” he said.