Decreased demand has led the city of Shawnee to roll back restrictions on water rationing, moving from a level 1 rationing to "Voluntary Rationing."
"The rains and cooler weather helped, but the main thing is demand is down and that us a direct result in people using less water," Shawnee Utility Director Jim Bierd said
The move came after the city water plant started treating more than 5 million gallons daily (MGD) for the past three weeks, Bierd said.
Voluntary rationing starts when Twin Lakes level reaches 1064 feet. Twin Lakes level is currently at 1065.46 feet.
The city will stay at voluntary rationing because of the dry hot summer, as well as the fact that the city is close to reaching the voluntary rationing threshold.
"We want to continue to encourage voluntary conservation by all our users. We appreciate the cooperation we received from the public during the difficult summer," Bierd said.
The city has adequate supply for the foreseeable future, Bierd said.
"We have been in a lot worse shape on the past as far as the lake levels. Being able to use Wes Watkins is a very good thing. We owe a lot to the people that got Wes Watkins Reservoir from a dream to reality," he said.
The municipal water plants moved from Level 2 to Level 1 rationing last month when Twin Lakes were at an elevation of 1,065.71 feet and Wes Watkins Reservoir was at 1,068.08 feet.
The Shawnee city ordinance states that Voluntary Restrictions include:
- Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth
- Shower use less water water than baths
- Plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand
- Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water gets cool.
- Wash only full loads of laundry or use appropriate water level or load size selection in washing machine.
- When replacing filters, look for water saving features.