Water usage has still been extraordinarily high since last Friday. The Water Watch remains in effect.
In fact, the City experienced its highest and second-highest usages on record July 14-15.
On July 14, the water treatment plant ran 24 hours straight, and usage was 867,000 gallons (i.e., over 100% of our daily production capacity, which is 800,000; the overage was drawn from our ground storage reservoir). For perspective:
- June 2019’s average day was 581,000 gallons.
- The lowest usage in 2019 was 303,000 gallons on February 28.
Much of the demand since last week has been caused by inefficient over-watering of lawns, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
We encourage you to review the Water Watch Brochure and take reasonable steps to limit your watering.
For example, even-numbered houses should water on even days only, and odd-numbered houses on odd days only. If your house number is 802, please only water on the 20th, 22nd, 24th, and so on.
The Water Watch is a part of the City’s Water Conservation Plan. If inefficient over-watering continues, the City will be forced to move quickly into the Water Warning stage. That stage, which is not yet in place, prohibits outside irrigation and will be enforced with fines.
The City expects to begin work on its new Water Treatment Plant soon and anticipates its completion by the summer of 2021. The City also has an emergency connection with Xenia Rural Water that may be used, though at a cost.
Until then, the City will continue to encourage efficient watering practices during peak summer months and carefully evaluate the next stages of the Water Conservation Plan.
During the recent and forecasted hot and dry weather, the City of Adel has experienced high water demands.
As a result, the City is implementing a Water Watch effective July 12, 2019, which is the first stage of conservation under the City’s Water Conservation Plan approved in 2017.
The Watch does not apply to Xenia Rural Water customers.
We encourage you to limit your outside watering. For example, water your lawn between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., as evaporation takes away the majority of watering during the hotter daytime hours.
If this voluntary stage is unsuccessful, and if the weather continues to worsen, the City may need to move to the next stage of the Water Conservation Plan.