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Drought and water restrictions cause lawn troubles

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Homeowner Chris Treadway says he follows the water restrictions and uses a sprinkler system to keep his green thumb.

"During the every other day, when I water the lawn with my sprinkler system I just add an extra five minutes onto each water station to help get a little more water in there to green it up a bit. It still ends up drying out a little bit but it's just something you gotta deal with the really hot, dry weather," Treadway said.

A third of Sioux Falls' water resources come from the Big Sioux.  Mark Cotter, Department of Public Works, tells KSFY that they are monitoring water levels.

"We're starting to see water, if you gauge through Watertown, all the way to Dell Rapids and eventually to Sioux Falls, that water flow is starting to go down, and if we get a third of our water from there and we can't count on that water stream, we're going to likely have to go from stage 1 to stage 2," Cotter said.

Drought conditions and water restrictions are taking a toll on lawns and business for lawn care companies.

"It's kind of like they call me and let me know when they want to skip or I call them and say it's a little dry. It's kind of bad to mow, as you notice the grass is kind of brown," LeBrun said.

Fortunately for LeBrun, he has a back up business.

"With this heat and drought coming around, our mowing crew has probably been down about 25 percent from regular mowing basis but our irrigation side, with the service calls itself, the irrigation systems are working pretty hard now, so irrigation's been up quite a bit," LeBrun said.

 

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