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City's watering ban remains in effect

WORTHINGTON -- Checking well water levels a day earlier than normal due to the Independence Day holiday, Worthington Public Utilities discovered Thursday that three of the city’s seven wells in the Bella Well Field actually had water level declines over the past week.

Well 26, the well in which WPU uses as a benchmark, remained at the same level as a week ago, which was just inches over the 16-year average after a two-foot rise in the water level. The water level in Well 26 has gained 12 feet, 6 inches since the heavy rains of mid-June.

“The recharge after the big jump we had the week of June 16 didn’t last long,” said WPU General Manager Scott Hain, adding that he was both surprised and disappointed by the results of Thursday morning’s measurements.

Due to the results, the ban on non-essential watering remains in effect for the city of Worthington.

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Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At The Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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