Story last updated at 6/4/2014 - 1:57 pm
The City and Borough of Juneau Public Works Department has announced that water use restrictions have been lifted. According to a message sent by the department Monday, Juneau's water reservoirs were expected to be filled by mid-week.
"The voluntary water conservation request has been lifted and residents may once again return to normal water usage," the message said. "The turbidity levels at Salmon Creek could increase in near the future causing additional voluntary water conservation announcements but for now, the water situation appears to be stable."
Juneau gets most of its drinking water from a series of reservoirs filled by wells in the Last Chance Basin area of Gold Creek. Those wells are supplemented by water from Salmon Creek, but warm, dry weather in May filled Salmon Creek with sediment, making it unsuitable to use for drinking water.
The same warm, sunny weather caused the city's reservoirs to dip as low as 30 percent capacity, and the city asked residents to voluntarily conserve water to avoid problems.
The city also stopped selling water to cruise ships.
The CBJ plans to drill additional wells in the Last Chance Basin this summer to avoid future shortages.