The city is asking some Juneau residents to conserve drinking water as hot, dry weather continues.
The conservation notice includes residents from Lemon Creek to Tee Harbor, including all of the Mendenhall Valley.
Steve Locks, a water treatment operator for the city, said this only applies to people who get their drinking water from the Salmon Creek Reservoir water station. Douglas and downtown residents get their water from Last Chance Basin.
Water levels are not critically low, but Locks said the city is trying to be proactive.
“The demand is exceeding our production a little bit, so instead of waiting till the last minute when everything’s a crisis, we’re just trying to get everyone to chip in a little bit,” Locks said.
In the notice, the city asks that residents limit activities like watering gardens and washing cars and boats.
Capital City Fire/Rescue was also asked to limit water usage at its training facility in the valley.
While parts of Southeast Alaska are in an extreme drought, the National Weather Service says Juneau actually received more precipitation than normal last month.
— NWS Juneau (@NWSJuneau) July 1, 2019
The agency also issued a fire weather watch for Thursday and Friday this week.
Forecasts predict rain returning on Monday.
- The Alaska Department of Revenue forecasts $187.3 million less in state revenue this year than it did in the spring. The department released the forecast on Friday.
- In an unprecedented response to historically low numbers of Pacific cod, the federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closing for the 2020 season.
- Anchorage natural gas company ENSTAR is asking state regulators to allow it to bill its customers to recover $1 million in costs from last year's major earthquake.
- “We know many, many people are going to lose benefits because of this,” says Cara Durr with the Food Bank of Alaska.