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August 22, 2012
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Water restrictions help plant meet demand

Outside water restrictions only lasted a month in Rifle, thanks to the arrival of rainfall and thunderstorms. But residents seemed to comply enough to ensure the city's aging water plant was able to meet demand, said City Manager John Hier.

Water restrictions that called for residents and businesses to limit lawn and garden watering to every other day, based on the last number of their address, went into effect on July 2 and were lifted on Aug. 2.

"Our goal with the restrictions was to keep our total daily production below 4 million gallons a day," Hier explained. "The capacity is 4.2 million, but we don't like to run it at that level because we get problems with back wash and such."

Hier said the demand during the restrictions was between 3.5 million to 4 million gallons a day.

Water production in June, before the irrigation restrictions, was higher than any June of the previous nine years, the City Council was told in their Aug. 15 meeting packet.

A total of 99 million gallons was produced and delivered to residents this June. In July, due to the restrictions, the demand dropped by 9 percent to about 93 million gallons.

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