All municipalities that are fed water from the Lettelier Water Treatment Plant take part in a daily phone meeting hosted by the Pembina Valley Water Coop. That includes the City of Winkler.

"Today we were looking at the daily numbers as we always do to see if we were gaining ground or losing ground," said Winkler City Manager Jody Penner." "The last number of days we've been losing ground. Over this last night we basically held our own on treatment. We do realize in the next week or two, there's going to be a lot of spraying happening, and a lot of agricultural use, so we're still very concerned."

Penner says plants are basically running 24 hours a day. He says that does not leave any wiggle room for any maintenance that has to be done, or break downs that could happen.

So far Penner says it appears so far residents are doing their part. He warns however, if usage goes up, that could quickly cause a strain on the treatment plants, lowering water pressure, and forcing the need for a boil water advisory.

Meantime, it appears residents in the Municipality of Rhineland heeded the Reeve's call for reduced water usage as well.

As of 9 a.m. Friday morning, Don Wiebe said consumption had gone down since he issued the plea Thursday morning, noting the Municipality managed to maintain water levels overnight, and the local situation hadn't deteriorated. "We are generally, holding our own," he said.

In addition, Wiebe says restrictions appear to be working in the Kronsthal and Rosetown area which was in immediate risk of losing access to drinking water Thursday.

He encourages residents to keep up with conservation efforts in order to maintain this progress.