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Erik Burgess, Published July 03 2013

Casselton water restrictions still in place after Tuesday's line breaks

CASSELTON, N.D. – Residents here are being advised to continue conserving water as the city still recovers from two Tuesday water main breaks.

Residents should not do any outdoor watering or car washing today, and household water use – such as using dish washers and washing machines – should be limited, said City Auditor Sheila Klevgard.

Klevgard said the water mains have been repaired, but the city still is attempting to recover its water reserves.

“The only issue we have now is getting our water reserves back up to where we need to be,” she said. “The tower was drained.”

The first water main break occurred at South Langer Avenue about 2 a.m. Tuesday and likely was caused by a rusted bolt on a gate valve, Klevgard said.

It wasn’t reported until about 5 or 6 a.m., she said.

The first break caused a pressure buildup, which then caused a second main break to occur on the north side of town, Klevgard said.

All water restrictions will be in place for at least another day.

“Hopefully Friday morning, we’ll have good news,” Klevgard said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Erik Burgess at (701) 241-5518