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Published May 13, 2013, 08:52 AM

Dickinson residents could face water rationing

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Dickinson residents could be asked to ration their water use as western North Dakota continues to grapple with population growth.

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Dickinson residents could be asked to ration their water use as western North Dakota continues to grapple with population growth.

The Dickinson Press reported Sunday that residential, city and industrial water uses are starting to drain the city's water supply.

Jim Lennington, a project manager with Bismarck-based engineering firm Barlett & West, recently told the Southwest Water Authority Board of Directors that continued growth could put a strain on the city's water supply as early as next year.

"We may end up at a point where we do have some rationing or maybe even-odd (lawn) watering," Lennington told the board. "The city of Dickinson is projecting — and we have to remember it's a projection — rationing water in 2014."

During the city's comprehensive planning process this year, Dickinson officials said that they predict water shortages next summer.

During a visit to Dickinson last week, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said the western part of the state received a significant amount of water project funding, including money for the construction of transmission lines in Dunn, Oliver and Mercer counties, where some have been waiting for SWA service for more than two decades.

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