Saskatchewan

City of Regina pleads for 25% drop in water use

The City of Regina is again asking people to conserve water after almost zero drop in usage was recorded following the first request.

Almost zero reduction recorded following city's first request for water conservation

The City of Regina is asking for a 25 per cent reduction in water usage as it struggles to keep up with demand. (iStock)

The City of Regina is still struggling to keep up with demand for water this week. 

On Wednesday, city officials pleaded again for residents to cut back on watering lawns, washing cars and taking long showers.

The city first asked people to conserve water on Monday, but today said there's been almost zero drop in water usage. 

"We've seen a small decline, but not as much as we need," said Pat Wilson, director of water works for the City of Regina. "Ideally, we'd like to have the volume used that we typically see in the winter, which is about 25 per cent less than we are currently using." 

Wilson said the city has already decided not to open spray pads or fill outdoor pools until the situation improves.

It has also approached the biggest commercial and industrial water customers in the city and asked them to cut back. 

The city turned to its eight reserve wells to add extra capacity this week, but Wilson said that's still not enough.

The water treatment plant at Buffalo Pound is struggling with poor water quality, even though there is a lot of water in the lake.

Turbidity, algae and hot weather are all causing problems. 

Wilson said it's not known yet when the restrictions will be lifted. For now, residents are also being asked to only do full loads of laundry and dishes, and only water lawns if absolutely necessary.

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