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City supervisor wants emergency water plan

Submitted by Newsroom on May 17, 2012 – 2:26 pmNo Comment

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By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Just when we think the low mountain snow pack and spring’s warm, dry weather has squelched the threat of flooding rivers, we learn the same conditions have dried up the water supply.

Bill Urbigkit

Riverton’s Public Works Director Bill Urbigkit says the forecast looks bleak. So he’s asking city officials tonight to call for an emergency water conservation plan. The meeting starts at 5 at City Hall.

Urbigkit says …..

If all stays the same, he projects a water supply cut of nearly 40 percent over the summer, so says we need to move into emergency phase yellow. That means the city would ask for volunteer water conservation. If the city moves into what he calls the brown level, mandatory restrictions would go into play and fire hydrants could only be used for fires, not construction projects.

He said the shortage in water is the worst he’s seen in years, and coming so early. He remembers a water restriction order in 2001, but that was in late July. The city should be OK, he said, as long as everyone works together to start conserving water now.

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