Lamar Not Expecting Summer Water Restrictions

Lamar’s water supply is in pretty good shape, considering the on-going dry spell in the region. Precipitation levels in southeast Colorado for this past March, measured against 2010, were averaging two inches less compared to last year at this time.

Lamar’s main supply of water comes from 27 ground-water wells in the Clay Creek Alluvium. The city’s water supply, according to water management director, Doug Montgomery, has been the same over the past three to four years and about five per cent lower than this time last year. However, he said, that figure is still about 26% higher than 2003-2004 when the city council instituted mandatory water restrictions. The council rescinded the restrictions in September, 2006.

Montgomery said Lamar has 3,382 acre feet of Fry-Ark project water stored in the Pueblo Reservoir and plans to use a carry-over from 2009 of 1,700 to 1,800 acre feet this year to recharge the Clay Creek well field. One acre foot of water is the equivalent of 325,851 gallons. The water engineer report for March stated that all of the 2008 Fry-Ark project water was used in 2010. Montgomery added that 2011 water supplies appear to be sufficient for now, but that status could change if extreme drought conditions were to continue. The city’s new SCADA, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system is used for water treatment and distribution and wastewater collection and treatment. The system was recently brought on line last month to monitor the water well field, storage tanks and new water treatment facility. 27.6 million gallons of water were treated in February 2011 and for the same month, 22.1 million gallons of waste water were treated.

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