- Emergency water rates have been implemented. Residential water rates will double for all consumption above 15,000 gallons. Commercial rates will remain $0.325 per 100 gallons for all consumption. Increased emergency rates also apply to water customers residing outside the city limits.
- New service connections fees have been doubled.
- The following uses of water have been suspended: bulk water sales, fire hydrant flushing, washing of the City fleet, rinse-out and inspection of water towers, and new tree plantings by the City.
- The waste of water is strongly discouraged.
- In an on-going effort to keep the general public informed of the water situation, the City of Abilene has prepared the following weekly update concerning the City’s public water supply and related information.
Temperature Range (F)
Sand Springs Well Depth (avg ft)
River Alluvium Well Depth (avg ft)
Smoky Hill River Flow (cfs)
Range of Water Treated (MGD)
Average Water Treated (MGD)
|Week of June 2|
|Week of June 9|
Last week had normal temperatures for the season with minimal precipitation. River flows have slowed considerably and groundwater levels have decreased since last week and remain low. Demand for water has also increased approximately 100,000 gallons per day. The Water Treatment Plant has started to produce over 1.0 million gallons of water per day and is anticipated to do so until Autumn unless conditions change.
The City of Abilene strongly encourages water customers to conserve water, especially non-essential watering, such as for lawns and gardens, and other outdoor uses. The City recommends that private domestic well users follow the same practices as the public water uses.
The daytime high temperatures are expected to be between 89 and 96 degrees this week. The best chance for precipitation this week is Wednesday (40%). The remainder of the week is forecasted with a low to no chance of precipitation. Overall conditions continue to warrant the “Water Emergency” remain in effect; such declaration will remain in effect until further notice.
More information about the water situation may be found online at: www.abilenecityhall.com/water.