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Mail Tribune 100

June 6, 1915


The annual water shortage problem is again upon the city, and steps toward conserving the supply will be taken by the city council and water department at once. This morning tests made by Water Superintendent Ole Arnspiger showed a pressure from 55 pounds to nothing in the outlying residence districts on the west side. During the last two days there has been a heavy drain on the reservoir.

"Kitchen gardens," some of which resemble young farms, are partly blamed for the shortage, coupled with extensive lawn sprinkling the last week. The irrigating of vegetable tracts is one of the new problems the water committee will have to adjust. The heaviest usage comes in the early morning and in the late afternoon and evening, and the council will attempt to regulate this, so that regular hours will be allotted to each district.

Water Superintendent Arnspiger has prepared the following set of rules and regulations for water users.

Do not irrigate with open hose.

Do not set your sprinkler so it will interfere with traffic on the sidewalk.

Do not allow the water to waste down the gutter.

Immediately upon the sounding of the fire alarm all water must be shut off.

These offenses are punishable under the provisions of ordinance No. 669, and by its amendments by fines of from $2 to $50.

From this date on, all water laws will be rigidly enforced.


At a special session of the city council Friday afternoon, the proposal to build a new city hall was sidetracked for the time being, the action of the city council putting the issue up to the voters at the next general election, unless a special election is called in the meantime.

Councilman Mann introduced a motion providing for the construction of the new city hall, not to cost over $8,500. An amendment to this motion providing that the matter be left to the voters was introduced by Hargreaves to defer action until it could be left to the will of the taxpayers. A tie vote resulted, Mayor Emerick breaking the deadlock by casting his vote in favor of delay.