Citizens asked to voluntarily save water to avoid mandatory measures
Water Usage Totals
Mayor Don Wesely joined the Lincoln Water System today in asking citizens to voluntarily conserve water, following Monday’s use of 90.4 million gallons. The hot and dry weather translated into high levels of water use over the weekend. From Friday, June 22 through Monday, June 25, Lincoln’s water usage topped 80 million gallons per day. Monday’s usage marked the first time since 1974 that Lincoln’s single-day usage exceeded 90 million gallons.
“Our water supply is not unlimited. In fact, water levels in our well fields as well as Platte River flows are at levels normally seen in the late summer,” said Mayor Wesely. “Our community has been very responsive when we’ve asked for help in the past. We’re encouraging good conservation measures and increased awareness to make sure we’re not wasting water in these drought-like conditions.”
Last year, the first day of 80 million gallon usage was July 6. The city used 81.5 million on Friday, 82.5 million on Saturday and 85.8 million on Sunday.
“We are a growing community, and hot dry days like these emphasize the importance of building new storage facilities and transmission pipelines, as well as additional supply and treatment facilities,” said Public Works and Utilities Director Allan Abbott.
Lincoln Water System customers can help conserve water by: