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Mabton residents cautioned to limit fireworks use on the 4th

MABTON - Concern about dry weather conditions and limited water supplies, Mabton Fire Chief Bill Roettger asked the Mabton City Council to place a ban on fireworks inside city limits this year.

Unfortunately, such a ban won't be put into place in the community this year, said city leaders.

However, the Council may take a look at such a restriction next year, said Mabton Mayor David Conradt.

He said Roettger came to Tuesday night's Council meeting with concerns about the city's water conditions, especially in relationship to the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.

The Fourth is a time when the community is at risk to fires, said Conradt.

"But the best we can do this year is caution residents to use caution when observing the Fourth with fireworks," he said.

Conradt said the city's water situation has been in stress during the past year due to low water pressure, creating potential problems for firefighting efforts.

"We have already had to shut off some of our well booster pumps due to low pressure," he said.

Fortunately, cooler and wetter spring weather has helped to ease the strain on the city's water supply, he added.

The city is in the process of drilling a new well, which when completed is expected to ease most of the city's water woes, he added.

. Julia Hart can be contacted at

(509) 837-4500, or you can e-mail her at jhart@eaglenewspapers.com

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