By MyFM's Rick Michaels-
The Bellingham Department of Public Works is instituting a total ban on outside water use, effective immediately. Compliance is mandatory for all water customers due to the warm, dry conditions. The town’s water tank has dropped below desirable levels. And compliance is vital to return levels that will provide water to all customers and maintain hydrant pressure for fire protection. The only outside watering allowed is hand held hose watering and that must be done before 9am or after 5pm. This is expected to be a short term total ban for Bellingham water customers. A citation for violation of the water use restriction, is subject to fines of $300 per day.