Despite Heat, Lincoln Officials Not Worried About Water Restrictions

LINCOLN, Neb.-- The drought of 2012 was one of the worst in Nebraska's history.

Water restrictions led to dry front yards all over Lincoln, and hundreds of citations.

But two years later, the Capitol City's in much better shape.

"We're in real good shape right now," said Water Operations Manager at Lincoln Water Systems, Jerry Obrist. "We did have some additional water coming down the river in the winter based off the Colorado flooding and loss of the dams upstream."

Obrist says plenty of spring rain, coupled with heavy river flow from the Colorado flooding last winter has topped off Lincoln's wells. And until they drop, there's no need to worry.

"The worst case would be, even if it got really bad, would be to go to some type of voluntary restriction," said Obrist. "But we're not expecting that right now."

Much like Lincoln's water situation, the rest of the state is in good shape.

"We've gone from 75 percent of the state in drought as of three months ago, to just over seven percent of the state in drought as of last week," said climatologist Mark Svoboda.

He says despite a hot July, the rest of the summer and late spring contributed to keeping the ground moist.

"A lot of that hasn't just been the rainfall," said Svoboda. "It's been the cooler temperatures which has really helped keep demand down by the system."

Both Svoboda and Obrist say It's going to take an extended stretch of hot and dry weather before significant restrictions if any are required.

"Nothing that we shouldn't be able to handle," said Obrist. "Unless things got really dire with some very extreme hot days with hot winds and 100 degree days for an extended period."


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