FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Contact: Jeanette Klamm, utilities programs manager, (785) 423-3379
Utility Department meets with large water users to discuss drought conditions
(Lawrence, Kan.) - Triggered by the drought conditions that have impacted the region and the recent drought declarations by the Governor, Lawrence Utilities Department representatives, their wholesale customers, and their large water customers met yesterday to review water supply status, water demands, and water conservation plans. In addition to Utilities Department representatives, participants in the meeting included Douglas County Rural Water Districts #1, #2, #4, #5, #6, and Jefferson County Rural Water District #13, University of Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University, Alvamar, Lawrence Country Club, and Lawrence’s Eagle Bend Golf Course.
Lawrence representatives indicated that despite the Governor’s drought declarations, communication with the Kansas Water Office indicated that there continues to be an adequate amount of water supply in the Kansas River Basin reservoirs to supply water to the area at this time. However a prolonged period of time without rain to replenish the reservoirs could result in further water conservation measures being implemented.
Although the Utilities Department has seen record water use over the past two months, the water supply system continues to meet the demand. However, in the case of a serious mechanical problem or other issue that could disrupt water production, the city would be required to react quickly with severe conservation mandates. Rural water district representatives also indicated high water demand from their customers that, in some cases, has stressed their systems. Although there is currently not a plan to move from the current water watch that was issued two weeks ago, customers are reminded to use water wisely by following these water use tips:
Only water lawns and landscaping during the evening, night, and early morning hours (between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.).
- Adjust sprinkler heads so they don’t spray on sidewalks and streets. Adjust the sprinkler system cycling so that the water soaks into the ground and doesn’t run off.
- Fix any sprinkler heads that leak.
- Use soaker hoses to water landscaping and trees if needed.
- Don’t wash off sidewalks, driveways, patios, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces.
- Wash full loads of laundry and dishes.
- Take shorter showers.
- Don’t let faucets run while brushing your teeth.
- Fix leaking toilets and faucets in your home.
Despite recent showers and small rain events, there has not been enough accumulation to make up for the lack of rainfall over the past several months. Participants in this meeting agreed to meet later if the drought conditions persist and further conservation measures are needed. The City of Lawrence and other area water suppliers will continue to request voluntary reductions and wise water choices from customers throughout this current drought period.
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