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Mail Tribune 100, May 17, 1922

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The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

May 17, 1922

CITY COUNCIL TO CUT DOWN WATER COM. GARDENERS

The very warm weather of the past few days caused all water users to go the limit in watering their lawns and gardens with the result that with everyone drawing water at the same time the all-around pressure was low and the residents in the southwest section of the city as usual on such occasions could hardly get enough water even for drinking purposes. Hence the city placed the water regulations into force today.

These regulations will be changed somewhat, the changes to be made at a special meeting of the city council to be held next Monday night. At this meeting some drastic changes will be made, not only to conserve the water supply, but also to equalize as much as possible, the distribution over the city by strict regulations of irrigation hours. This matter was to have been taken up last night, but the councilmen got all fussed up with the passage of the anti-mask ordinance and a mass of other unexpected business.

One of the things the council must act on at once, its members say, will be to curb the growing practice of people with commercial gardens putting in a half dozen to a dozen standing sprinklers to one large garden lot, which they work to the limit in irrigating. Inquiry at last night’s council meeting developed the surprising fact that the old-time war irrigating rate of $2 per lot was still in force, and yet applied to these commercial gardens.

This was surprising news to some of the councilmen, and all members of the council declared that this extravagant use of water by commercial gardeners must be stopped at once. The councilmen declared that the number of sprinklers would be limited on any lot and that no matter what price commercial garden lots would be willing to pay, if forced to for irrigating water, they would be allowed only a reasonable amount of water.

It was reported during the informal discussion of the water subject last night that when one man with a commercial garden on the east side was told that the city must not only raise the price of water to commercial gardeners and compel them to pay a commensurate price for water, but that their supply of water must be cut down in justice to the other water users of the city, that man replied:

“We wouldn’t stand for any such thing. We commercial gardeners would form in a body and march on the city council and tell them what is what.”

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com