Coralville Reports Water Conservation Helped in Drought
CORALVILLE, Iowa - Brown lawns in Coralville are getting a much needed drink of water after the city lifted its call for voluntary water restrictions Tuesday.
Coralville reports water usage in the city had fallen 5 to 10 percent since it issued voluntary water restrictions a month ago. That, coupled with recent rainfall and cooler temperatures, enabled the city to lift its call for conservation.
In mid-July, Coravlille's water pumps were running close to 24 hours a day to meet water demands in the city.
"The concern is long term wear and tear," said Assistant City Administrator Ellen Habel. "With running those lengths of time, we're not able to keep up with demand."
Now, the city's pumps are running 17 to 18 hours per day, which is closer to normal for summer months.
Coralville Water Plant Superintendent Kevin Callahan notes the city plans to drill two additional water wells, increasing the city's pumping capacity by 600 to 800 gallons per minute. Those wells are scheduled to open in January 2013.
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