Like most Nebraska communities, Columbus is experiencing the effects of the drought conditions. It appears the current conditions will continue for at least the next two weeks. The anticipated hot, dry condition is putting a strain on our water system.
The strain is affecting the water pressure we are able to supply to our customers. While we are within our capacity for pumping, the excessive usage in recent weeks stresses the entire system and if that stress should result in a breakdown of any part of the system, water availability will be hampered.
In an effort to prevent further stressing of the system, the city is asking customers to initiate voluntary conservation of their water usage. Simple measure such as those listed below will assist in the current situation and help ensure continued service throughout all areas of the community.
- Watering lawns no more than every other day
- Watering lawns in the early morning or evening, avoiding the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. when the hottest and windiest conditions occur and water is subject to evaporation
- Cleaning driveways and sidewalks by broom and not with a hose
Cooperation in voluntarily reducing water usage will help alleviate the situation and, hopefully, avoid mandatory restrictions as other areas are enacting. Questions on the water system or about this release can be directed to Joe Mangiamelli
at 562-4233, Bob Kloke
at 562-4247 or Chuck Sliva