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People in Yankton urged to conserve water through Thursday

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If you're one of the 13,000 people living in Yankton, the city is asking you to conserve water. Unlike other communities who have had to cut back this summer, drought conditions are only have the battle.

Yankton water managers say it was a broken piece that halted the flow of water and caused one of their plants to shut down. That shortage, mixed with the high demand for water didn't make things easier.  But community members did.

"It's primarily for lawn watering, outside usage for non-essential watering. Houses and businesses were fine to operate. All we were asking were for outside to be restricted," Kyle Goodmanson said.

In one of their two treatment plants, a small piece broke which played a big role. It shut down one entire plant cutting down the amount of usable water by almost half.

It's not good news, especially for a  year of record-setting drought.

"On any normal year, with this break down, we wouldn't have a restriction. This year with the high usage to meet our demand, we have a restriction,"Goodmanson said.

We met one woman who is more than OK with that. She hasn't even watered her lawn since June.

"Our lawns are gone and it's sad. Yankton is usually a pretty green town and it's not right now," Kathleen Flow said. "I think a lot of people have found what mother nature did for us last year, we don't have that this year."

We noticed not everyone is following the rules, but she supports a water restriction because she knows public safety and fire protection come first.

"If I have to go without it or a family of 5 has to share the same bathtub, so be it, for a few days. We're OK," Flow said.

"We did see a lot of cooperation with the citizens and we're thankful for that," Goodmanson said.

Goodmanson said the replacement piece was overnighted to Yankton Tuesday night, arrived and was installed Wednesday. After some test runs, if things are looking good, the city will lift the water restriction as early as Thursday morning.

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