City of Lincoln
2004 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today asked citizens to continue voluntary water conservation measures due to continuing drought-like conditions. Those with addresses ending in even numbers are asked to water lawns on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Those with addresses ending in odd numbers are asked to water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Jerry Obrist, Chief Engineer with the Lincoln Water System, says precipitation in the Lincoln area is several inches below normal over the last 12 months. The sources of the City water supply also received below normal precipitation over the past year, and the severe drought continues in western Nebraska and in the mountain states.
"Conservation is necessary in order for us to maintain an adequate water supply," said Mayor Seng. "By continuing the voluntary water conservation efforts last year, we were able to avoid any mandatory water restrictions like we saw in 2002. We also made some changes to the water management plan last year to add some restrictions for local government’s water use and to make it easier for residents to comply."
Citizens are asked to wash vehicles on the same schedule as lawn watering. Mondays are reserved for watering golf course fairways and other special needs. The Lincoln Water System recommends the following conservation tips:
If the voluntary restrictions become mandatory, residents will be required to follow the watering schedule. Customers who violate the restrictions are subject to fines and can have their water service terminated. Violators would be liable for all costs of enforcement.
If mandatory restrictions are needed later, the following provisions would also go into effect:
To help residents reduce their outdoor water use, the Mayor’s Water Conservation Task Force has published a new brochure called "A Guide to Planting Waterwise." The brochure is available on the City web site at and at the County-City Building, local nurseries and retailers carrying lawn and garden stock and supplies.
City residents are also reminded that water fees are structure to encourage conservation – the more water used, the higher the rate. Information on water rates can be found on the City web site under Public Works and Utilities.