City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
During the next week to 10 days, local high temperatures are predicted to remain around 100 degrees with very dry conditions. The City of Lincoln encourages business and residential water customers to follow the City’s voluntary outdoor watering restrictions to conserve water.
Property owners with street addresses ending in even numbers (including zero) are asked to limit outdoor water use to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Those with addresses ending in odd numbers are asked to limit outdoor watering to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
“Since flow is decreasing in the Platte River, the City’s primary water source, it is very important that we do all we can to conserve water,” said Mayor Seng. “Following the designated day schedule for outdoor watering and car-washing will make the biggest difference.” River flows are currently at the same rate as they were in 2002, the last time that the City had mandatory restrictions on outdoor water use.
Jerry Obrist, Chief Engineer for the Lincoln Water System (LWS), said water usage has topped 74 million gallons per day this year. Water usage in June averaged about 56 million gallons a day, compared to an average daily usage of 47.5 million gallons in June 2005. Water usage in June 2006 was the fourth highest monthly total and the rainfall in the same month was the fourth lowest monthly total on record for Lincoln.
The public can track daily water usage on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: water). The site also includes suggestions for water conservation, the City’s Water Management Plan and water rates. LWS water rates are structured to encourage conservation -- those who use more water are charged a higher rate.