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Mayor Beutler won't ask for water restrictions, yet

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By: Jenn Schanz

Despite complaints of heavy rain, recent spring showers might have just saved our water levels.

"We will not ask residents to follow either a voluntary or mandatory designated watering day schedule at this time. no restrictions, voluntary or otherwise at this particular point in time," says Mayor Chris Beutler at a press conference.

City officials say Lincoln's water supply is 96 percent full, good news for lawn enthusiasts and gardeners across the city.

Just this Monday the City Council passed increased water rates if restrictions were to go into place.

For veteran gardener Susan Leishman, conserving water during a dry patch is easily done.

"I do hand water, so that I don't water on the sidewalk or the street, you know, that I don't use a sprinkler. I sit, move my chair around and water by hand," she says.

Mayor Beutler saluted the community for it's cooperation during last year's restrictions.

"I was very proud of the community, the way we responded last year to the summer severe draught conditions and the outdoor watering restrictions that were necessary," he says.

But so far this year, no water restrictions have been made.

In addition to hand watering, Leishman says mulching, planting draught tolerant flowers like lilies and irises, and also using earth boxes with built–in reservoirs can significantly conserve water, while keeping a pretty lawn.




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