Tribune: Idaho Town Needs Voter Input on Water Woes


The north central Idaho town of Winchester continues to struggle with what it calls "severely restricted" water usage while it attempts to find a new solution for its shortage.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the Lewis County town of Winchester on Idaho's Camas Prairie is ending a second summer of water restrictions. Residents are kept from any outdoor water use, except for hand-watering plants.

Winchester is drawing water from four wells, but production was dropped from 20 gallons per minute down to 6 gallons per minute and water pressure will drop at a moment's notice.

Meanwhile, Winchester officials say they'll probably have to put a bond before voters this November in order to attract matching grants to locate a new, more reliable water source and a storage facility to house it.