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Water Use Restrictions

August 13, 2018

The especially tough drought years of 2014 and 2015 reminded us of how precious of a resource water is and even though our well levels currently remain above average  Worthington Public Utilities (WPU) encourages our customers to always use water wisely!  This applies to all water use but particularly to the use of water for lawn and garden irrigation.

We’d like to remind WPU water customers that the ordinance regarding lawn and garden irrigation is ALWAYS in effect.  According to the ordinance, customers with even-numbered addresses may irrigate only on even-numbered calendar days and customers with odd-numbered addresses may irrigate only on odd-numbered days.  The ordinance also prohibits the use of city water for irrigation between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Violation of the ordinance is subject to an administrative fine of $90 for the first offense and a fine of $160 for a second offense.

Studies have shown that the most effective time to water is between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. to minimize water loss through evaporation and to lessen the chances of promoting lawn diseases.  If you choose to irrigate your lawns, please obey the ordinance.

 

Cold Weather Rule

August 13, 2018

The Minnesota Cold Weather Rule was developed to protect individuals who may experience difficulty paying their electric utility bills during the winter season from October 15 to April 15.  Worthington Public Utilities will not disconnect your residential electric service during this period if you meet the following requirements: 

  1. Disconnection would affect your main heat source

  2. Your total household income level is at or less than 50 percent of the State Median Income level (See current guidelines)

  3. You have declared the inability to pay on forms provided by Worthington Public Utilities

  4. You enter into a payment plan with Worthington Public Utilities and make timely payments under the plan. 

It is important to note that the Cold Weather Rule requires that certain actions be taken by customers in order to avoid disconnection.  Failure to provide Worthington Public Utilities with required information and/or failure to arrange a payment plan may result in disconnection of electric service.  The Cold Weather Rule also allows for the use of limiters on your electric system.   

You may contact Worthington Public Utilities for information if you are experiencing problems in meeting your electric bill obligations during the Cold Weather Rule season.  We will make every effort to work out a reasonable payment schedule or direct you to local agencies available for economic assistance.   

Agencies providing assistance are:  Nobles County Family Service Agency, Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council and The Salvation Army HeatShare program.