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2007 Media Releases


Date:
May 10, 2007
For More Information Contact:
David Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547
Jerry Obrist, Lincoln Water System, 441-7571


MAYOR CALLS FOR VOLUNTARY WATER CONSERVATION

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today encouraged Lincoln residents to voluntarily conserve outdoor water this summer by following the designated day schedule for outdoor watering instituted four years ago. She encouraged conservation as the unpredictable summer months approach and the western part of the state continues to experience dry conditions, which is the source of Lincoln’s water supply.

“Despite recent rains, we know from experience that the weather can change quickly, and drought conditions are always possible,” said Mayor Seng. “I encourage residents to practice water conservation all summer.”

Properties with street addresses ending in an even number, including zero, are asked to voluntarily limit outdoor water use (watering lawns and washing vehicles) to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Properties with addresses ending in odd numbers are asked to voluntarily limit outdoor watering to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Those property owners with more than one street address at the same location can choose either daily schedule and notify the Lincoln Water System (LWS) of their decision.

“Residents have done a good job conserving outdoor water in the past,” said Jerry Obrist, LWS Utilities Coordinator. “I want to remind residents that the City’s water fees are structured to encourage conservation. The more water you use, the higher the rate, so those who water excessively this summer can expect high water bills,” Obrist said.

Water is billed by the unit. One unit is 100 cubic feet of water or about 750 gallons. The price is $1.05 per unit for the first eight units (about 6,000 gallons). The price increases to $1.48 per unit for the next 15 units (11,250 gallons). It increases again to $2.28 per unit for every 750 gallons above 15 units. A complete description of water rates and the City’s Water Management Plan are available on the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov, under the tab for Public Works and Utilities.

In addition to following the designated day system, the Mayor’s Water Conservation Task Force recommends that citizens:

  • water during the cool part of the day;
  • not water when it is windy;
  • adjust sprinklers to water only the lawn, and not the sidewalk or street;
  • use a broom, not a hose and water, for outdoor cleaning; and
  • wash your car with a pail of soapy water, using the hose only to rinse the car.

Obrist encouraged those who have automatic lawn irrigation systems to set them to follow the designated watering days system.

“Our statistics show that enough people are conforming to our conservation suggestions that our peak time for water usage has shifted from later in the day to earlier in the day,” said Obrist. “Residents have always shown a willingness to conserve outdoor water use. I’m confident they’ll follow suit this time as well, and we appreciate their help.” Obrist said that the use of designated days helps to level the daily usage of water throughout the week.


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