Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the winners of the annual water conservation poster contest. Lincoln fifth-graders participated in the art contest, sponsored by Lincoln Water System (LWS) and the Mayor's Environmental Task Force.
Others placing in the top ten will have their work on bookmarks. They are Tristen Boehle, Jackson Holt and Vivian Nguyen of North American Martyrs; Brynlee Sharpe and Alix Gergonne of Morley; Reaghan Christensen of St. John's; and Jerel Sykes of Eastridge.
The bookmarks will be distributed at all City and school libraries.
Mayor Beutler said that since the early 1980s, Lincoln residents have reduced their total per capita water use by 30 percent. He also said the City has increased its water supply capacity since the drought of 2012. Earlier this spring, the City installed 1,500 feet of steel pipe under the Platte River to connect another large collector well to the water treatment facility. This fourth, large collector well is nearing completion and should be available this summer.
"With this well and a similar one completed in 2014, we will have increased water supply capacity during drought conditions by about 30 percent since 2012," Beutler said. "The current well and pipeline project was made possible in part through a $7.6 million grant from the Nebraska Water Sustainability Fund. This significant cost shows why water conservation continues to be important as we plan our future water supply capacity."
Beutler reminded residents that City water rates are structured to encourage conservation. For information on LWS and water conservation, visit water.lincoln.ne.gov.