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Irrigation water service begins for Yakima residents

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Irrigation water service begins Friday for some customers and will reach all residents within in the next two weeks.

Although it's a routine process year after year, staff with the city say there are a few reminders for customers to keep in mind.

Faucets and drain systems should be shut off prior to the start of service to prevent flooding. A large snowpack and run-off this winter will rule out the need for rationing but residents should still try to avoid wasting water.

"What we see a lot of is people watering the street as if the asphalt will grow," said Alvie Maxey, supervisor for irrigation operations for the city. "Unfortunately all the asphalt will grow is moss so a person needs to be diligent about water conservation."

The City of Yakima has replaced several mainlines but staff say that should not impact service this year. Almost 11,000 people receive irrigation water in the city and all will have service by April 15.