Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Drought still a problem

City continues watering schedule

A surprise thunderstorm and lightning strike Sunday evening sent Dubberly and Heflin fire districts scurrying to a fire in south Webster Parish.

In that area, rain helped firefighters put out the flames, but most of the parish heard only thunder and saw no rain.

Today's few sprinkles added no significant rainfall, and chances for a pop-up thundershower remain at around 20 percent.

With that in mind, officials at the City of Minden want to once again remind residents to watch water consumption.

"Since it has been a while since it's rained, water consumption has been really heavy – almost four million gallons a day – the past several days," said city Economic Development/Main Street director Pattie Odom.

The City of Minden has a watering schedule in place, and Odom said many residents have been cooperating with it.

"It seems most people are following the schedule and using the conservation tips – like not watering during the day," Odom said. "The mayor appreciates all who are cooperating and encourages the citizens to adhere to the schedule."

"The purpose of the schedule for watering is to reduce the stress on our water supply during the current drought," said Minden Mayor Bill Roberston. "As this drought continues and the heat rises, it is necessary to further promote and encourage outdoor water use reduction now and in the coming weeks."

In an effort to conserve, the city will reduce the operation hours of all city water parks from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The following schedules apply:

Watering Lawns/Turf

Odd numbered street addresses water only on Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays

Even numbered street addresses water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Mondays no outdoor watering in order to allow the water supply to recharge.

Sprinkler Times

Between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. or after 8 p.m.

Watering Non-Turf Plants

Only hand-held watering containers or hoses restricted to less than 5 pm.

Avoid Washing Sidewalks, Driveways, Street

Ornamental Fountains/ Waterfalls

Operate only if water will be re-circulated

Swimming Pools

No Filling

No Overfilling

Only Topping-off






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