ELLIS, Kansas - With a severe drought going on and water restrictions being imposed for Ellis residents, the public works department has decided to redistribute the water from the pool to any resident who wants it.
"If they have any trees growing or stuff like that, they've been acquiring water from other places so they can do their outside watering. A lot of them have their own tanks for that purpose, so this is just another way for the city to extend some additional water for their usage on the outside landscaping," said Alan Scheureman, Ellis Public Works Director.
Even though the pool water was treated with chemicals, the city hasn't added any for the last week.
It allows the sunlight to break down the chlorine making the water safe for plants and animals.
"You know they can water trees and stuff with it. It's gonna be great since we can't water, and hopefully, things stay a little green," said Mark Lorimer, Ellis resident.
Lawns aren't the only thing that the pool is being used for, farmers know a good opportunity when they see one.
"This here's gonna be to water cattle, I've gotta pasture that doesn't have any water in it. So, it's gonna be used to water them," said Steve Homburg, Ellis resident.
While it's a drop in the bucket compared to how much water the area needs, it's a little relief to a community that hasn't seen much in the past couple of years.
Ellis' Public Works department will continue to pump out the pool water tomorrow morning starting at 8 a.m. to any resident.
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