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Published June 05, 2013, 09:00 AM

Williston implements mandatory water restrictions

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — City officials in Williston are implementing mandatory water restrictions in the wake of heavy rainfall.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — City officials in Williston are implementing mandatory water restrictions in the wake of heavy rainfall.

Officials say the rain has stirred up sediment in the Missouri River and that Williston's water treatment plant is operating at a reduced capacity.

Industrial water usage has been cut off at public depots run by the Western Area Water Supply Authority. Businesses and residents are being told to restrict water use to essential uses only. That means they can't water lawns or wash vehicles, and also should implement voluntary water conservation measures.

Mayor Ward Koeser says officials don't know how long it will take for water plant capacity to return to normal, but that residents should prepare for 1-2 weeks of restrictions.

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