Mayor Chris Beutler today said that the City's water supply is in better shape as we approach warm weather than it has been in recent years. For that reason, he is not asking residents to follow the voluntary designated day watering schedule implemented seven years ago.
"The aquifer is full, Platte River flows are slightly above normal and precipitation has been at normal levels," Mayor Beutler said. "While we are not asking residents to following the designated day schedule as we have in the past, summer weather can be very unpredictable, and it's always a good idea to practice water conservation.
The Mayor's Water Conservation Task Force recommends the following:
Lincoln Water System (LWS) fees are structured to encourage conservation – the more water you use, the higher the rate. LWS Chief Engineer Jerry Obrist said the City is currently reviewing its water rate structure and its schedule for the replacement of aging infrastructure. "The structure of our rates must take many factors into account," Obrist said. "We must ensure that we always have an ample water supply available for basic health and fire protection needs. At the same time, we need to have the resources for maintenance and replacement of our current infrastructure and for building new infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing city."
Obrist also said that energy conservation continues to be a priority. LWS recently completed construction of a large water transmission main. Obrist said the new main will reduce electricity consumption in its early years of operation while providing extra capacity to meet the city's future growth needs.
A complete description of water rates and the City's Water Management Plan are available on the City website, lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: water).