City of Lincoln
2008 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged Lincoln residents to voluntarily conserve outdoor water this summer by following the designated day schedule for outdoor watering.
“Fortunately, we are in good shape as we begin the season,” said Mayor Beutler. “We’ve had good precipitation in the winter and spring, and temperatures have been slightly below normal. The acquifer is full, and river flows are slightly above normal. At the same time, we need to remember that conditions in other parts of the state impact our water supply. People in western Nebraska especially need some good rains.”
Because summer weather is unpredictable, Beutler said its important to practice water conservation all summer. The City instituted the designated day schedule five years ago.
Jerry Obrist, LWS Utilities Coordinator, said the use of designated days helps to level the daily usage of water throughout the week. He also said the City’s water fees are structured to encourage conservation. The more water you use, the higher the rate. The price is $1.13 per unit for the first eight units (about 6,000 gallons). The price increases to $1.59 per unit for the next 15 units (11,250 gallons). It increases again to $2.48 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 (keyword: water).
In addition to following the designated day system, the Mayor’s Water Conservation Task Force recommends that citizens:
More information on water conservation is available on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: conserve).