(Cedar Rapids) In response to continuing drought conditions some cities in the state are approving drought contingency plans. The Cedar Rapids City Council approved one Tuesday night in order to:
“Protect public health and safety by ensuring that the water system has the sufficient supplies to meet those priority needs,” stated Interim Utilities Director Steve Herschner says the plan has four different stages of action. “They highlight an escalating stage based on either customer demand or available well capacity.”
They are: drought watch, alert, warning and emergency with the first two stages asking for voluntary water use reduction and the last two stages requiring it. Hershner says well production has failed to the point where his is close to recommending a “drought watch” but that would require additional council approval.
Iowa Radio Network
February 28, 2013