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La Harpe residents asked to conserve water due to shortage

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LA HARPE, Ill. (WGEM) -

It seems like the drought is still causing havoc across the tri-states.

Now, one tri-state town is quickly running out of water.

La Harpe Mayor Ken Brown said the city's reservoir hasn't been this low since the late 80's, and they need to solve this problem soon because they are quickly running out of water.

Brown is even asking residents to be more conservative to help salvage the little water they still have in town.

LaHarpe resident Ann Vigil said growing up her family never had running water in their home.

"When I was born and raised we carried water. My folks never had running water, so I have always been extremely grateful for a faucet," said Vigil.

That's why when Vigil heard about the request from the city for residents to conserve water because of a city shortage, she reverted back to her childhood mindset.

"I watch the level on my washing machine. I put it on low, because I don't usually have many clothes at one time. Conserve on bath water. I don't have a dishwasher," said Vigil. 

This is the conservative attitude Brown said his residents need to have because the city is quickly running out of water from the reservoir and well system.

"If we would do nothing at all, just hope for rain and everything we would have approximately 12-14 weeks of water and then it would be gone," said Brown. 

The looming deadline has the city looking into pumping water in from the Dallas City rural water district and the city will meet with them tomorrow night.

"Our water superintendent has talked to them, they are aware of our problem and they said they would do whatever they could to help us out," said Brown.

Brown said he is not sure yet if borrowing the water would increase taxes yet, but says the city is running out of options.

City officials said the city also has permission to pump from a private pond at no cost, but it would not give them enough water to solve the problem alone.

 

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