Crews with the City of Kenai are continuing to ask residents to scale back their water usage. We spoke to Kenai City Manager Rick Koch who said that part of this request, is tied to the ongoing upgrades to the city’s water system…
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.