Minnetrista under a citywide emergency water ban due to shortage

The hot weather has caused demand to surge.
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Minnetrista residents are currently barred from watering their lawns, washing cars and filling pools due to a water shortage.

The city on Tuesday issued an emergency outdoor water ban, saying the hot weather has resulted in "a large increase in water demand and usage, particularly from home irrigation."

This demand has caused levels in the city water towers to fall below what the local fire department would need in the event of an emergency. Even with systems pumping at maximum rates, the water levels simply can't keep up.

All outdoor, non-essential water use is banned under the emergency order. This means any watering activity using "mechanical or automatic means." 

The city is also asking residents to do what they can to reduce the amount of water they're using indoors, as well. The watering ban will be in effect "until further notice," the city said, though noted properties with private wells are exempt.

Users might also notice some discoloration, which is a result of incoming water that "stirs up the sediment from the bottom of the tank." It's mainly iron, and public works will "attempt to flush out some of the bad areas," the city added.

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