The City of Kenai is experiencing a drop in its water supply, thanks to dry weather and increased residential usage.
City officials say they’re hoping to conserve water for emergencies. To help, residents are asked to cut out unnecessary water use, and cut back as much as possible.
City Manager Rick Koch…
Koch: “We find ourselves in a position that we don’t have the capacity to generate enough water to meet the demand. And we had hoped that problem would have been solved by this year, but it took a fair amount of time for us to get plan approval from DEC to tie in our new high-production well. And the contractor is working on that. Unfortunately, it’s probably not going to happen soon enough to have a positive effect on this year.”
Residents are asked to limit activities like watering lawns, washing cars, and washing exterior surfaces such as siding, driveways, and sidewalks. Simple water-saving practices include: not letting faucets run continuously and operating dishwashers and/or washing machines only when full.
The City has temporarily suspended hydrant permits to contractors, and the Parks and Recreation Department is not using water from the public water system; instead they’re utilizing water from the float plane basin at the airport.
Koch said this is a short-term issue, which should not re-occur anytime in the near future. As part of the overall upgrade to the City’s public water system, the City will be connecting a new high-production well to the Water Treatment Facility. That project is scheduled for completion later this summer. After it the upgrade is complete, the City expects to have adequate capacity for the next 30 years.