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The small amount of rain central Iowa received earlier this week was not enough to replenish local streams and that means local cities need to step in. 

Friday, Ames began its work by pumping water from the lake at Ada Hayden Heritage Park into the South Skunk River channel.

“The South Skunk River plays an important role in recharging the Ames Aquifer,” says John Dunn, Director of Water and Pollution Control. “By maintaining a pool of water above the low head dam in North River Valley Park, we can increase the groundwater recharge in our downtown well field.”

The city of Ames has not implemented any mandatory restrictions on the use of drinking water. However, officials strongly advise residents to conserve where they can, especially during lawn watering.