Archive for Saturday, July 24, 1999

(BREAKOUT BOX) POWER PRICES PEAK DURING HEAT WAVE

July 24, 1999

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WATER SQUEEZE

The latest heat wave means increased production at Lawrence's two water treatment plants, but that's nothing new.

Lawrence water customers, on average, drink, flush and drain 11.7 million gallons of water each day. During July and August, however, demand boils over.

Last year, the city pumped a daily record of 22.157 million gallons Aug. 24. While the latest heat wave hasn't triggered a new record, demand certainly is up.

"That increases the amount of water that we sell," said Debbie Van Saun, the city's assistant utilities director. "The more water you sell, the more chemicals you add and the more electricity you need for the pumps. It's not like it's all profit."

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