No changes were made to the city’s water restrictions Monday night.
Water is allowed at anytime, any day except for Sunday and Wednesday.
Interim City Manager Josh Shaw said the recent change in outdoor water restrictions has had no negative impact on the city’s water delivery system.
He said the water treatment plant was having no problem keeping up with the demand on the system which has only increased slightly since the restrictions were relaxed.
In fact, Shaw said the city has used more than a million gallons a day out of the city lake in order to cut the usage from El Dorado Lake down well below average usage levels.
The reason for the shift is to keep the city under the annual “take or pay” amount which sets a baseline of water usage for the city.
By leaning heavily on the city lake recently, Shaw said the city has pushed usage levels back inside a range that would keep the city from exceeding its annual contract.
He also reported that the repair to the Santa Fe Lake line – which has been offline since high water levels in the Whitewater River caused a break in the line in early August - is also in the design phase and on track to be completed early in 2014. When that line is reconnected to the system, all three water supplies will be available for the city to use.