Archive for Wednesday, August 26, 1998

CITY SETS WATER USE RECORD

August 26, 1998

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Talk about thirsty.

The city's lawns, businesses, industrial plants and just plain residents chugged a record 22.157 million gallons of water Monday, a single-day record for Lawrence.

Monday's record flow eclipsed the previous daily record of 21.6 million gallons set 10 years ago, during the height of a drought.

This time around, however, the city's two water treatment plants treated and pumped enough water to handle the highest demand ever -- a demand likely brought on for several reasons, said Chris Stewart, the city's water systems engineer.

``I think it's a combination of city growth and the fact we had high temperatures and dry weather the past couple of weeks,'' Stewart said. ``It pretty much indicates that there is more water demand, the city's growing, and the capacity of our plants are starting to get there.''

The Clinton and Kaw water treatment plants can treat and pump up to 27.5 million gallons a day. During the past week, the two have been averaging a total of about 20 million gallons a day, Stewart said.

With about 27,000 customers -- including apartments, retail shops, Kansas University, five rural water districts and the city of Baldwin -- the city expects to treat nearly 4 billion gallons of raw water taken in from Clinton Lake and the Kansas River.

-- Mark Fagan's phone message number is 832-7188. His e-mail address is mfagan@ljworld.com.

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