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Mayor Don Wesely today implemented mandatory water restrictions due to decreased river flows and high levels of water use during the hot, dry weather. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday July 20, Lincoln residents are REQUIRED to follow an odd-even alternate day outdoor water use schedule until further notice. Properties with street addresses ending in an even number may only water their lawns and wash cars and other vehicles on even-numbered days. Those with addresses ending in odd numbers may only water on odd-numbered days. This is the first time since 1974 that mandatory water restrictions have been implemented in Lincoln.
"I want to thank Lincoln residents for their voluntary conservation efforts, but the continuing drought conditions now make mandatory measures necessary," said Mayor. "Limiting outdoor water use will have the biggest positive impact. Our priority is to make sure that water for drinking and for emergency use remain at adequate levels."
The City’s last significant rain fell the weekend of July 5, and the official amount recorded so far this month is 1.23 inches. The official rainfall total for Lincoln was .17 inches for the month of June. The normal June rainfall is 3.54 inches..
Mayor Wesely initially asked for citizens to conserve water June 25. The Mayor institute a voluntary odd-even outdoor watering schedule July 6.
Those with questions about the restrictions can all the Lincoln Water System (LWS) at 441-7571. The City’s Water Management plan calls for the following measures:
According to City ordinance, the LWS may turn off the water to those locations disregarding the restrictions. The water will not be turned on again until the costs of turning it off and on is paid to LWS and a $100 bond has been filed.
"It is critical that citizens comply with these restrictions," said Allan Abbott, Director of Public Works and Utilities. "We have limited staff to respond to calls on possible violations. If someone in your neighborhood is watering on the wrong day, they may not know about the restrictions and penalties. We ask people to be good neighbors in keeping their streets in compliance – contact the individual before you call us."
The city Parks and Recreation Department began taking water conservation measures July 2. The County-City Public Building Commission put all local government facilities on the odd-even watering system July 9.
In addition to following the odd-even system, the Lincoln Water System recommends:
City residents are also reminded that water fees are structured to encourage conservation. Information on water rates can be found on the City web site at under Public Works and Utilities.