Story last updated at 5/28/2014 - 2:08 pm
The City and Borough of Juneau water supply continues to be below normal levels and CBJ Public Works is asking residents to be aware of their water use. The request for voluntary water conservation was issued May 9, and the residents have responded well. Reservoir levels have increased from 30 percent to 48.5 percent. CBJ would like to thank residents for their efforts.
CBJ Public Works is not selling water to the cruise ships at this time.
The voluntary water restrictions will remain in effect until the Salmon Creek water system comes back on line. The Salmon Creek water source is subject to high turbidity in the springtime as hillside runoff fills the lake with water and sediment. A higher than allowed concentration of sediment requires that the water source be taken off line until the turbidity level drops.
to allowable limits. The turbidity level is dropping and we anticipate bringing the Salmon Creek water supply back on line later next week (assuming that the downward trend continues).
The primary water source at Last Chance Basin is normally capable of producing adequate supplies of water; however due to an increase in usage throughout the community, and with the Salmon Creek water source being off line, the piping configuration between Last Chance Basin and Salmon Creek does not allow for the reservoirs in the valley to be replenished on a timely basis.
CBJ Public Works asks residents to curtail water usage where possible until such time as another press release is circulated, stating that the reservoir levels have risen back to normal levels.
We appreciate the community's efforts to conserve water.