MUD seeks voluntary water conservation as temperatures rise | Nebraska

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Excessively hot and dry weather pushed water demand in the Omaha area up to one million gallons per minute, prompting MUD to call for voluntary water conservation.

The Omaha area hasn’t seen significant rain in nearly a month, since the July 4 holiday, when about 1 ½ inches fell.

In many Nebraska communities, the peak reached triple digits on Tuesday.

Omaha’s temperature peaked at 101 at Eppley Airfield. Many communities were warmer, with Wayne hitting 104 degrees, Ainsworth posting 107 degrees and Valentine posting 109 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

A brief break in the heat and a chance of rain arrive on Wednesday, but the heat returns at the end of the week and is expected to persist. The National Climate Prediction Center says the odds are in favor of the next two weeks being hotter and drier than average across much of Nebraska and Iowa.

MUD asks individuals and businesses to schedule lawn watering based on their address.

Those whose address ends in an odd number must water on Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday. Those with addresses ending in an even number should only water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Saturdays/Sundays.

Additionally, the utility is asking people to check their pipes, sprinkler heads and faucets for leaks.

MUD supplies water to over 600,000 people in the metropolitan area and has a pumping capacity of over 300 million gallons per day. It draws water from the Missouri and Platte rivers.

About three-quarters of Nebraska is officially classified as drought, and the Omaha metro area is classified as near-drought, but that could change with this week’s National Drought Monitor map update.

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