CITY OF LOUISVILLE
June 9, 2000 11:00 a.m.
TO ALL LOUISVILLE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES
The city of Louisville has an emergency water situation.
On June 7 Louisville was using water at the rate of 378 gallon per capita. On June 8 when well #1 went down it cut the City's capacity to produce water down to235 gallon per capita per day. Louisville was using water at a rate of almost 1 1/2 time city's ability to produce water as of June 9, 2000. Water is declining rather rapidly in the acquifier.
The following water restrictions apply immediately as of this transmittal:
Water necessary only to sustain human life and lives of domestic pets and maintain standards of hygiene and sanitation.
Violations as allowed by Nebraska State Law and City Code will be imposed to anyone violating this emergency restriction.
This is in effect until further notice.
There will be one warning, followed by a second notice to cease watering; upon further violations after the two warnings, the water department personnel will be required to shut the water off at the curb stop and enforce the violation fine of $500 per day [City Code 3-901 and City Ordinance #685].
Louisville Board of Trustees
Effective July 12, 2000 the city board passed the following water restriction resolution:
1) NO WATERING OF LAWNS OR VEHICLES
2) NO EXTERIOR WATERING ON WED, SAT, OR SUN AT ALL
3) ALLOWED WATERING [I.E. SHRUBS, PLANTS, GARDENS]: EAST OF WALNUT ST ON MON & THURS; WEST OF WALNUT ST ON TUES & FRI
4) HUMAN CONSUMPTION WATER RESTRICTION WILL BE REINSTATED IMMEDIATELY UPON EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: A) WELL DRAWDOWN LEVEL DROPS 1 FOOT, B) WELL STATIC LEVEL DROPS 1 FOOT
5) PRUDENT USE OF WATER IS REQUESTED
FYI: THE GALLONS PER MINUTE PUMPED, DAILY HOURS THE WELLS PUMP, CONSUMED USE, TOWER LEVELS ARE ALL BEING MONITORED AND WILL BE WEIGHED ALSO IN DETERMINATIONS OF HOW THE WELLS ARE PERFORMING. THESE ARE DIRECT INDICATORS TO PERFORMANCE. THERE ARE NO RECORDS OF THE PAST TWENTY PLUS YEARS TO COMPARE TO TO TRY AND DETERMINE WHEN THE WELLS STARTED FAILING DUE TO INCREASED CONSUMED USE. NEW REPORT STANDARDS HAVE BEEN INTIATED TO MONITOR ALL WELL PERFORMANCE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. IT DOES NOT RESOLVE THE PAST BUT PERHAPS THE PAST IS IN DIGUISE A LESSON LEARNED FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT OF THE SYSTEM.
SHORT TERM SOLUTION: A TEMPORARY WELL IS BEING PURSUED FOR AT THE EXISTING WELL PROTECTION FIELD AREA; HOWEVER, THERE ARE SEVERAL OBSTACLES TO BE MET AND A WELL MAY NOT BE APPROVED. EXAMPLES OF OBSTACLES: DISTANCE TO EXISTING SEPTICS, BURLINGTON NORTHERN MONITORING WELLS [WHICH ARE A DIRECT PROBLEM FROM INFORMATION RECEIVED FRIDAY], RAILROAD, INFLUENCE OF SURFACE WATER, UNDERGROUND FUEL STORAGE, ABOVE GROUND FUEL STORAGE.
LONG TERM SOLUTION: NEW WELL FIELD NORTH OF THE PLATTE RIVER OR CONNECTION TO MUD.
EITHER OF THE SOLUTIONS MAY BE APPLICABLE TO A WATER TREATMENT PLANT DEPENDING UPON THE QUALITY OF THE WATER. MUD WATER IS CURRENTLY TREATED AND LOUISVILLE WOULD BUY WHOLESALE FROM MUD IF MUD WOULD DETERMINE IT VIABLE TO EXTEND THEIR LINES SOUTH OF HYW 370 & 5O.
THIS IS THE MOST RECENT INFORMATION AVAILABLE. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND EVERYONE IS TRYING THEIR BEST TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE IN THE SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME FRAME AND GET A NEW WELL OR OTHER SOURCE CONFIRMED AND OPERATIONAL.
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