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'Sprinkle away': Wyoming lifts ban on watering lawns

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Posted at 11:20 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 23:51:34-04

WYOMING, Mich. — The sprinkling ban set by the city of Wyoming is lifted as of 11 p.m. Wednesday, August 19th.

The repairs shut down one of the city's two water mains, cutting water capacity from 104 million gallons a day to 35 million gallons. City officials credit good weather and hard working contractors to finish the repairs ahead of schedule.

“We want to thank all of the water customers who did their part to pause their sprinkling habits, reduce water consumption, and help us spread the message to their neighbors, family, and friends," said City of Wyoming Director of Public Works Myron Erickson. "It’s rare to have an unplanned repair like this and to happen during peak demand was not ideal. We were in a serious situation that could have resulted in boil advisories,”

The repairs should've taken much longer.

“Typically, these replacement parts are made to order and can take three weeks to make and deliver to the site. Luckily, one matching the size needed was found in Indiana. Ultimately, the success of this repair could not have been accomplished without inter-community action to reduce water demand and a highly efficient and professional contractor,” Erickson said.

The repairs covered the water systems for 13 communities across two counties.