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Plattsmouth residents deal with Water Emergency

Posted at 5:14 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 19:24:53-04

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. (KMTV) -- — The City of Plattsmouth tells residents to slow down on water use or they could run out of water for fires.

Since March, the Plattsmouth Water Treatment Plant has been out of service, so the city's been under a water emergency.

Officials say usage has jumped and is exceeding supply by a lot, and if it continues water pressure will decrease so there may not be enough water for firefighters.

People aren't supposed to use water for grass, washing cars, filling pools, and restaurants are supposed to conserve water for guests.

Some people have gotten creative.

“We set up rain barrels at our house to utilize rain water to have a little bit of a garden this year. Just being conscious about water usage more so than when we weren't in a restriction," said John Gordon, of Plattsmouth.

Plattsmouth says city workers and contractors are diligently working to get the plant restarted but a date when that will happen hasn't been determined.