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Water Conservation 08/29/19

As of the morning of 8/29/19 the tanks are maintaining. Morpac is at 6.5 feet this morning, the other tanks are at acceptable levels. We processed 2.923million gallons in the last 24 hours. Currently, two pumps are running at Eyak Lake. Murcheson is contributing 300 gallons per minute. Meals Reservoir is estimated at 8.0 feet below the spill way. The daily demand of water is not decreasing at a rate that is allowing us to lessen the amount of water coming from Meals Reservoir. Meals reservoir continues to drop and as the volume of water decreases in the reservoir the impact of the water being drawn out will deplete the level of the reservoir faster. There is rain in the forecast starting Sunday 9/1 and currently forecasted to last through Tuesday. The forecast then returns to sun. This rain will be very helpful, but it will not be enough to replenish the city’s water system. We will remain in conservation mode until further notice. We are at critically low levels and are working with the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator to get the word out to conserve. We are also working with Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and State Emergency Operation Center on potential ideas to help conserve water.

Please remain diligent in conserving water where and whenever possible.

Remember 3 days of rain does not solve the water shortage. 

Water Conservation 8/26/19

As of the morning of 8/26/19 the tanks are maintaining. Morpac is at 8.5 feet this morning, the other tanks are at acceptable levels. We processed 2.965 million gallons in the last 24 hours. Currently, two pumps are running at Eyak Lake. Murcheson is contributing 300 gallons per minute. Meals Reservoir is 7.5 feet below the spill way.  We continue to tweak the system to use as much water as possible from Eyak Lake and the smallest amount possible from the reservoir. Heney Creek is still supplying water to Meals Reservoir which helps but is not replacing all the water removed. We hope to see a decrease in daily water demand as processors decrease use. As of this morning, we are still at a daily water demand that continues to drain Meals Reservoir. Large daily demands for water means we have to draw more water from the reservoir than is being replaced.

The rain forecast continues to push back; Sunday 9/1 is the first forecasted rain. While there was some rain on Sunday, we need consecutive days of rain to increase the flow from Murcheson and to regain flow from Orca. When this happens, we can decrease the flow from the reservoir to begin replenishing it. Over the next 8 to 10 days it is crucial that water is used conservatively. With no rain forecast for 6 days, large quantities of fish for processing predicted, consecutive openers, and the reservoir at 7.5 feet below the spill way and dropping, every drop of water is important. We are at crucial point where the reservoir is losing water at a faster rate and without the water input from the reservoir will not have enough water to meet the demand.  It seems that rain has to come soon, but we have to get to that day with what water we have and that amount is decreasing, truly every gallon of water matters at this point.

The water department is working diligently to meet the daily water demands, please help by conserving water whenever possible. Check hoses and any other potential sources of running water on regular basis.

Try doing a rain dance! Thanks for Conserving!

Water Conservation 8/21/19

As of the morning of August 21st, the tanks are recovering.  Morpac tank dropped to 3 feet overnight.  We processed 2.8 million gallons in the last 24 hours. Currently there are two pumps running at Eyak Lake. Other sources are contributing although the gallons per minute continue to decrease without rain. Orca water source has dropped to zero.  Murcheson is contributing 315 gallons per minute today compared to 325 gallons per minute Monday. Meals Reservoir is 6.5 feet below the spill way.  We continue to tweak the system to use as much water as possible from Eyak Lake and use the smallest amount possible from the reservoir.  Heney Creek is still supplying water to Meals Reservoir although when daily demands are at or over 2.9 million gallons, additional water has to be pulled from Meals to meet demand.

The rain forecast continues to push back. Monday 8/28 is the first forecasted rain. If that forecast holds with multiple days of rain it will be very helpful to the water supply. Again, over the next 8 to 10 days it is crucial that water is used conservatively. With no rain forecast for 6 days, large quantities of fish for processing predicted, consecutive openers, and the reservoir at 6.5 feet below the spill way and dropping, every drop of water is important.

A garden hose (3/4”) uses 36 gallons per minute or 2,160 gallons in an hour.  10 people watering lawns or streets or washing cars is 21,600 gallons. It seems small compared to the 2.8 million used daily, but every gallon saved is one less gallon from Meals reservoir and Eyak lake.

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