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Cheney residents asked to conserve water after pipe breaks

CHENEY, Wash. - People living in Cheney are being asked to conserve water after a pump broke in one of its most productive wells. The shutdown went into effect Thursday afternoon.

According to City Water Resource Manager Dan Ferguson, the bearings in Well Number 5's pump column seized on June 29.

The break could take up to two weeks to fix. In the meantime, Cheney has banned all lawn watering until further notice. People can still water their flowers and vegetable gardens.

City officials hope that will allow them to refill their water tanks with the seven other wells that are still online.

“We're asking for some compliance now and it would be in their best interest in the long run for us to refill as quickly as possible so we can return water to their lawns,” said Mark Schuller, Cheney City Administrator.

Eastern Washington University uses a separate well system and is not affected by the water restrictions.