Water Levels Are Low

Lincoln could be just days away from mandatory water restrictions.

Lincoln water officials say the dry conditions have taken a toll on the Platte River.   

Now they're asking residents to limit their water use even more.

Officials say the Platte River has levels similar to 2002, the last year the city was forced into mandatory water restrictions.   

Officials say the constant heat and minimal rain fall has dropped the levels in the Platte to almost seven inches below normal.

Jerry O'brist, the Chief Engineer for Lincoln Water, says the Platte's dropped so much he's asking residents to limit their water even more.   

He wants the level to go down 5 million gallons more.

O'brist says if residents don't begin to limit their water use, the city could soon see mandatory restrictions.

He says they will test the water levels again next week.   

If they come back and the river is lowered even more, he says the city can expect mandatory water restrictions as early as next week.

Just a reminder, we are under voluntary water restrictions right now.  

If your address ends with an even number, limit your outdoor water use to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  

Odd numbers can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  

Mondays are no watering days.