Monday, July 8, 2013

City of Abilene Weekly Water Report

July 8, 2013 - On April 22, 2013, the City of Abilene declared a “Water Emergency” pursuant to Section 7-1003 of the City Code (Resolution 042213-5). As a result of this declaration, the City has implemented Level 1 of its Water Emergency Implementation Plan to include the following actions: 
  • 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.

Precipitation (in.)
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 23
Week of June 30

Last week had below to normal temperatures for the season with no recorded precipitation. River flows continue to decrease in flow rate and groundwater levels remain at previous levels. Wells continue to remain low. Demand for water continues to increase. The Water Treatment Plant has started to produce upwards of about 1.25 million gallons per day.

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. Outside watering from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm is prohibited.

The daytime high temperatures are expected to be between 92 and 105 degrees this week. The best chance for precipitation this week is Tuesday night (50%) although there is a slight chance throughout most of the week. 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:

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