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1/26/2024 Status Update - Level Yellow Restrictions Reimplemented

Drinking Water Advisory
Level Yellow Press Release Update

Due to the significant cold snap and substantial increase in water usage, Regional Water
Rural Water District announced that the Board of Directors has reimplemented the “Level
Yellow” advisory for its member customers and communities on their ATP System. This is the Mandatory Nonessential Water Use Restrictions of its Emergency Water Conservation Plan. General Manager Tom Kallman stated that the measure was taken due to a rapid increase in water usage since the lifting of restrictions on December 22nd. He stated that “ We had hoped that the voluntary conservation efforts would be enough to keep usage within our operational limits, but we have seen water use jump to a level that is threatening our ability to safely provide water to our customers.”

The “Level Yellow” restrictions only affect the Avoca Treatment Plant System, which
includes members and customers of the Association in Shelby, Audubon, Cass, Harrison, and Northern Pottawattamie Counties. Included are the communities of Avoca, Portsmouth, Westphalia, Kirkman, Tennant, Panama, Earling, Exira, Persia, and Brayton. Municipal, residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial users are asked to observe the following voluntary reduction measures:

A. Don’t water unless absolutely necessary and only between the hours of 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM.
B. Encourage the use of existing private wells where possible.
C. Large volume water users, including industries, motels, hotels, eating establishments,
and livestock confinements should conduct a water usage audit to reduce water use
D. All water users should examine their plumbing for leaks, check toilets to ensure they are not running continuously, and install water saving devices in toilets, faucets, and
showers. Facilities with automatic flush valves should adjust the valves to double the
time between flushes.
E. Water users should reduce their shower time, use a lower level of water while bathing in a tub, shut off the water while bathing, shaving, brushing their teeth, or preparing food,
and only do full loads of laundry and dishes.

For more information, please contact the Regional Water Office at 712-343-2413.
This notice is being sent to you by the Regional Water Water Supply System
PWSID#: IA8300184
Date distributed: 1-26-2024