Mayor Chris Beutler on Sunday evening announced mandatory water restrictions for Lincoln residents. The new Level 2 Water Use Restriction Emergency declaration is due to a temporary loss of pressure in the pipeline between the wellfields and water treatment plant near Ashland. Although the issue was isolated and water production has resumed, this occurrence, combined with some power loss due to flooding at the wellfields, has created a tenuous situation. Lincoln's supply of drinking water is safe.
The new restrictions replace Level 1 voluntary restrictions enacted earlier Sunday. Level 2 mandatory restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. Hospitals and care facilities are exempt from the restrictions.
The Level 2 mandatory restrictions include:
Water is now restricted to indoor use only. Residents should shorten showers and postpone dishwashing and laundry.
Residents are reminded that Lincoln's water quality is not affected by Platte River flooding. Residents are encouraged to visit water.lincoln.ne.gov/flood for the latest Lincoln Water System operations updates during the Platte River flooding event.