In the wake of flooding near the city’s wellfields, the city has asked residents to conserve drinking water
The city of Lincoln, Neb., has urged residents and businesses to conserve drinking water after flooding along the Platte River impacted some of the city’s wellfields. Officials hope to reduce water use by 25% to safeguard the city’s water supply.
According to The Lincoln Journal Star, the city’s water is pulled from wells below the Platte River near Ashland, Neb. On March 17, a levee broke near Thomas Lake that further impacted the wellfields. At a news conference, the Nebraska Public Power District announced that the Cooper Nuclear Station, which provides power to the wellfields, was operating at 100%, however, the water conservation efforts are a precaution.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts praised the efforts of emergency rescue workers and other residents who have worked to help those impacted by the harsh flooding across the region. Despite the power outages, city officials assure residents the drinking water is safe to drink.