The Village of Freistatt will provide free water for anyone living within a three-mile radius of Freistatt, beginning Wednesday, July 25.
Recipients must have access to their own 3,000 to 5,000 portable tank to haul the water.
According to a village spokesperson, the water will be provided "for the sole purpose of preventing grass fires on properties within the Freistatt community."
Mike Ortwein, chairman of the Freistatt Board of Trustees, said that due to the extreme heat and dry hazardous conditions in the area, he and his board felt providing water for farmers to have on hand to temporarily delay any spread of grass fires started would be in the best interest of the community.
With the ponds rapidly evaporating and wells being strained to provide water for livestock, providing water to prevent fires would help area farmers and aid in preventing any rural grass fires from spreading to the village, Ortwein added.
Tanks will be filled on a one-time basis. Refills would be made available only in cases where the original fill of water was used to fight a fire.
Those wishing to have a tank filled at the Freistatt well are asked to contact any one of the following Freistatt Rural Fire Department personnel to make arrangements: Leland Doss, 417-669-1875; Willie Hesemann, 417-235-9783 or Roy Obermann, 417-830-8682. There will be no charge for the one-time fill.