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Published December 11, 2013, 06:34 PM

Sand found in Fairmount's water system prompts to issue a Code Red Alert

Fairmount, ND (WDAY TV) - For the next few days, people in Fairmount, North Dakota are being asked to conserve water.

By: Drew Trafton, WDAY

Fairmount, ND (WDAY TV) - For the next few days, people in Fairmount, North Dakota are being asked to conserve water.

Sand found in the city's system, used for pumping water, prompted city officials to issue a Code Red Alert.

180 households fall under the boil order as well as a plea from Mayor John Nelk to conserve water.

John Nelk/Mayor of Fairmount, North Dakota: "As far as using the water, we want you to be sparing with it, but you can go ahead and flush your toilets-- do the necessities."

But even those basic functions are putting a strain on the community's water tower.

Nelk: "It's estimated that Fairmount uses 25,000 gallons of water a day. In order to meet that need, a crew's been constantly running back and forth from Hankinson. filling a water truck to bring back to Fairmount.”

Each trip takes 3 hours-- and several were needed today to ensure the tower didn't freeze over due to low pressure.

But relief is coming soon, as crews discovered that only one of the city's two wells collapsed.

The working well began pumping water to the tower this afternoon.

However, a boil order will remain in effect until the state verifies the water is safe for personal use-- a process that may take 2 to 3 days.

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