City considers odd-even plan to conserve water

HURON — To reduce and spread out a growing demand for water, the city of Huron is considering implementing a schedule of odd-even watering during the summer months as a conservation measure.
City commissioners heard a presentation Monday by City Engineer Brett Runge. Members of the Green Energy Task Force who have been talking about conservation are interested in educating the public on ways water can be conserved.
One proposal is to initiate odd-even watering from June 1 to Sept. 30. It can be done using site addresses through odd-even calendar days or by assigned days of the week.
“The primary goal with these measures is not to limit a resident’s water usage, but to take turns and spread out the load, thereby reducing the peak demand,” Runge said in his presentation.
He said the alternative is to increase the water supply, which will increase water rates and costs users more money.
Two water capacity expansion options were cited: to purchase more water from Mid-Dakota Rural Water System or to expand the existing water treatment plant.
But it would be three more years before those options could be realized.
Peak water demand in the summer months has been increasing and that trend is expected to continue.
Also, three new major users have come online this year, including North Central Foam, Wheatgrass Village and Dakota Provisions West. Together, they account for an increase of 325,000 gallons per day.
Commissioners also:
• Hired Chuck Englert to fill a building maintenance technician position.
• Proclaimed Monday, June 11 as Kenneth and Hazel Witte Day in honor of their 60th anniversary.
• Set June 25 as the public hearing date to consider a retail on-off sale wine license filed by Diva Nails Salon, 2945 Dakota Ave. S.
• Approved requests for alcoholic beverage consumption in a public area filed by Trussbilt LLC/Mona Jensen-Olson for a company picnic June 22 at Memorial Park south shelter and Carmen Pacheco for a birthday party June 23 at Prospect Park Glide and Slide Shelter.
• Accepted a quote of $49,121 for a backup generator for City Hall and police/dispatch from Cummins Sales and Service of Sioux Falls.
• Adopted a resolution and set June 25 as the hearing date to consider an agreement to lease a mobile processing shredder to Scott Olson for $75 per hour. The equipment shreds organic material, but it is no longer used by the city. Specifics on the lease will be considered at the hearing.
•  Accepted a recommendation from an appraisal committee to set the price of a surplus firearm at $375. Retired Detective Gene Miller will be allowed to purchase the pistol or the Fraternal Order of Police can purchase it on his behalf.

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