DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) _ Dickinson residents could be asked to ration their water use as western North Dakota continues to grapple with population growth.
Residential, city and industrial water uses are starting to drain the resource.
Jim Lennington, a project manager with Bismarck-based engineering firm Barlett & West, recently told the Southwest Water Authority Board of Directors that continued growth could put a strain on the city's water supply as early as next year.
He says residents could be asked to limit their lawn watering at that time. During the city's comprehensive planning process this year, Dickinson officials said that they predict water shortages next summer.