Dodge City to lift water watch July 1

Dodge City water concerns
Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 7:07 PM CDT
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DODGE CITY, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: The City of Dodge City Water Watch that was issued on June 17, 2022, is lifted effective Friday, July 1.

“Currently, water tower levels are back to normal,” said Director of Public Works Corey Keller. “Additionally, the five-day average use flows below 10.75 million gallons per day. These were the two criteria that triggered us to issue the watch.”

The City of Dodge City encourages residents to continue water conservation efforts where able to ensure water usage stays below the five-day average of 10.75 million gallons per day.

A water watch in Dodge City could be lifted later this week. Earlier this month, the city issued the watch when two of its water towers fell below 75% capacity. City officials urged homes, businesses and churches to conserve water.

On Monday, Dodge City Director of Public Works Corey Keller said the watch was necessary due to gear issues at the water towers, along with the recent heat wave and ongoing drought conditions.

“Typically, we do fine in these situations. There was some equipment issues that we were seeing at the time which caused some of the problems we were having and then the overall usage and the heat was the biggest problem,” Keller said.

Keller said the city hopes to cancel the water watch by the end of this week. Residents are encouraged to be mindful about their water usage.

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