(Atlantic) State Climatologist Harry Hilaker said last week that water supply is a big concern as we head into the spring and summer months.
Atlantic Municipal Utilities Director of Water Operations Jon Martens says in January of 2012 they had a static water level across the well field of 24.2 feet. This year the water level is 23.8 feet, 7-months ago it was 24.7 feet, which means AMU still has about 41-feet of water above the well pumps.
“And I’m not saying it isn’t a concern because our average level across the well field is about 20-feet, so we have seen a two-to-three foot drop over the past year,” stated Martens. “So I am concerned that if the drought continues we could see even more of a drop.”
Martens says the big problem right now is farm wells. He says some farmers are buying water to take care of their livestock and household needs.
“Some of the conversations that I have had with area farmers is that their farm wells are going dry and they haven’t seen them this dry for 40-or-50-years and they are really concerned about this,” said Martens. “They are coming to town and purchasing water from AMU.
Martens is the Chairman of the AWWA Region IV Committee that is hosting a meeting March 27 in Atlantic. He says the first half the program is related to drought, including conservation methods and how to implement them, conservation ordinances, and leak detection surveys. And Marten says they aren’t the only region that is doing this.
Martens said, “Conservation and drought management is a big issue in all the regions across the state in the month of March.”
February 12, 2013