- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

ELK RIDGE, Utah (AP) - A Utah city has placed a five-week ban on outdoor watering after an equipment failure involving the city’s main source of water.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1tcTMPY ) that Elk Ridge officials plan to hold an emergency meeting Thursday to address residents’ questions and concerns. The city discovered problems with the well casing bearings on Monday and shut down the 800-foot-deep well.

Mayor Hal Shelley said Wednesday that it’s not clear why the bearings were compromised.

Shelley says the city has a second well, but it has a low capacity and the water needs to be conserved for indoor consumption and public safety purposes.

In addition to the outdoor water ban, residents are being asked to curb indoor consumption.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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