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7/8/2013 - Water Watch Weekly News Release

   

WATER WATCH WEEKLY NEWS RELEASE


On July 6, 2012, the City of Salina issued a “Water Watch” in an attempt to heighten public awareness of water supply conditions and to ask for voluntary reductions in water use to avoid implementing mandatory restrictions. In order to keep citizens informed, the City of Salina is providing weekly reports on weather conditions, river flows and water usage.  

 

 

June 21-June 27

June 28-July 4

Precipitation (in)

0

0

Temperatures (F)

94-107

84-95

River Flow (cfs1)

18-42

19-28

Water Treated (MGD2)

7.82-8.95

8.02-9.26

Average Water Treated

8.11 MGD

8.53 MGD

 

 

(1) Smoky Hill River Flow at Mentor Gauge (cfs - cubic feet per second)
(2) MGD – Million gallons per day

Last week had below-normal to normal temperatures and no precipitation. The “Water Watch” is in place due to the river flow being below 30 cfs and above 20 cfs (triggers Water Warning). The release from Kanopolis Lake was increased from 20 cfs to 40 cfs on June 26, 2013. The increased flow from the lake reached the Mentor Gauge on June 30, 2013, and the river flow at the Mentor Gauge has been approximately 25 cfs. The goal is to have a minimum of 20 cfs at the Mentor Gauge. Kanopolis Lake’s level dropped 4 ½ inches over the last week, and is at an elevation of 1,459.63 which is 3 feet 4 ½ inches below the conservation pool elevation of 1,463. Approximately 60 percent of the city’s water supply comes from the Smoky Hill River, and flows in the river are affected by how much water is released from Kanopolis Lake.

The City of Salina continues to encourage water customers to practice water conservation, especially regarding lawn-watering and other outdoor uses.

The City recommends that private domestic well users follow the same practices as the public water users, as the water comes from the same aquifer.

The high temperatures are expected to be between 94 and 99 degrees this week, and two days of precipitation are forecasted. Overall conditions warrant that the “Water Watch” remain in effect until further notice.
NEWS RELEASE

 

RELEASE DATE:

Immediately

CONTACT:

Martha Tasker

Director of Utilities

785-309-5725

martha.tasker@salina.org

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

    

City of Salina
300 W. Ash
P.O. Box 736
Salina, KS 67401
www.salina-ks.gov