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June 16, 2021 9:55 AM

CITY OF FAIRBURY PRESS RELEASE-WATER CONSERVATION REQUESTED BY MAYOR

The City of Fairbury’s Water Tower contains 1,000,000 gallons at full capacity. At
4:00 a.m. this morning, the Water Superintendent was notified by the tower’s
monitoring system that an excessive amount of water was being dispersed within the water transmission lines and the team began working to identify the issue. The issue has not yet been identified and at 8:00 a.m. the water tower was measured below the 40’ necessary to maintain a solid level of water.


At this time, it is necessary to take action to ensure that water is provided to the businesses and homes for necessary use only. Pursuant to § 51.24 and § 51.48, the Mayor is authorized to implement the appropriate conservation measures as set forth in the above sections, when deemed necessary. The Mayor is ordering the residential use of irrigation water, car washing, filling of swimming pools, etc. (any unnecessary use) cease at this time and until further notice.

The City of Fairbury will keep you abreast of any updates through the media and the City of Fairbury's website.

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Latest Update:

July 15, 2021 11:24 AM

July 15, 2021:

With the continued dry conditions (both Jefferson and Thayer County are currently experiencing a moderate drought), the implementation of drought conservation measures issued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and in order to avoid a reoccurrence of a low water level in the water tower that occurred on June 16 as a direct result of irrigation of lawns, the City of Fairbury will need to continue to monitor water usage and the Mayor is requesting water continue to be regulated per §51.48 (C) (3) of the Municipal Code whereby residents with:

  • addresses ending in even numbers are to limit outdoor water usage, including watering lawns,  washing vehicles, etc. to even calendar days
  • addresses ending in odd numbers are to limit their outdoor water usage, including watering lawns, washing vehicles, etc. to odd calendar days.  

The situation will continue to be reviewed by staff on a regular basis and the request will remain in effect until further notice.

https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?High_Plains


Prior Updates

June 17, 2021 9:27 AM

The City of Fairbury’s Water Tower is currently at full capacity.  However, with the high temperatures and lack of precipitation, the issue experienced yesterday morning (June 16, 2021) was a result of supply and demand and likely due to residential irrigation.  As such, the Mayor is requesting water to be regulated per §51.48 (C) (3) of the Municipal Code whereby residents with

  • addresses ending in even numbers are to limit outdoor water usage, including watering lawns,  washing vehicles, etc. to even calendar days

 

  • addresses ending in odd numbers are to limit their outdoor water usage, including watering lawns, washing vehicles, etc. to odd calendar days.  

 

The situation will be reviewed by staff on a regular basis and the request will remain in effect until further notice.

 

The City of Fairbury appreciates your understanding and cooperation during this time and will continue to keep you abreast of any updates through the media and the City of Fairbury’s website at www.fairburyne.org.   

June 16, 2021 1:47 PM

The water level in the water tower has risen  above the 40' level and is now just over 41’.  However, at the advice of the Water Superintendent and approval of the Mayor, the water emergency will remain in effect until tomorrow morning (June 17).

 The root cause of the issue has not yet been confirmed.

The City of Fairbury appreciates your continued understanding and cooperation.