Street Sweeper Concerns

Lincoln is under mandatory water restrictions.. Which is leaving some of our viewers concerned. One person called Channel 8 wanting to know why the street sweepers were still running– using up almost a thousand gallons of water a day. So we decided to look into it.. When we called public works, they also checked into it and decided to halt all street cleaning. Here's why. The city's water restrictions include washing off driveways. Public works officials don't think they're violating the ordinance because the water is used to control the dust,  not to wash off the street. But they want to be sure before they continue. Public works officials are looking into other options in case they find they are in violation. If you have a concern, Channel 8 Eyewitness News listens to you.. You can e-mail us at 8 at or call us at 436-2252.