City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today encouraged business and residential water customers to follow the City’s voluntary outdoor watering restrictions to conserve water. Property owners with street addresses ending in an even number, 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, which is 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.”
Jerry Obrist, Chief Engineer for the Lincoln Water System (LWS), said water usage has topped 80 million gallons six of the last seven days, going above 86 million gallons on Sunday. (The water main break on 40th Street July 12 resulted in a loss of about 200,000 gallons.) Water usage this month has averaged about 73 million gallons a day, compared to an average daily usage of 41.8 million gallons in July 2004.
“Unfortunately, the weather forecast is calling for more hot, dry weather,” said Obrist. “We are asking our business and residential customers to help lower the usage to no more than 75 million gallons per day to help us avoid mandatory measures.”
The public can track daily water usage on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov. The site also includes the City’s Water Management Plan, suggestions for water conservation and a description of water rates. LWS water rates are structured to encourage conservation – those who use more water are charged a higher rate.