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.
Top photos of the Journal Star of the month of July
Konni Anderson (left) chats with Becca Monroe of West Mill Flowers on Friday.
LINCOLN, NEB. – 07/06/2022 – Buster the dog watches medical marijuana supporters sign petitions, Wednesday, July 6, 2022. JUSTIN WAN, Journal Star
Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Ravi Singh demonstrates a drone during a press conference Thursday at Nebraska State Patrol Headquarters.
Charity Reeves is shown Friday in her kitchen in Nebraska City. Reeves said her brain fog persisted after recovering from early symptoms of COVID-19, and she had to rely on note cards to remind her of everyday tasks such as turning off the stove.
Ashley Peterson, a special education teacher at Lincoln Northwest who suffers from prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness, was recently featured in a National Geographic story talking about the condition.
Andie Trimble (left) and Nicole Polivka wear paint-stained dresses while protesting the
Supreme Court‘s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade at an abortion rights rally outside the Nebraska State Capitol on Monday.
Dominic Silva (left) lifts Dertha Williams with help as he pushes her on a swing during Lincoln’s annual Uncle Sam Jam at Oak Lake Park on Sunday.
Women display signs to passing cars during an abortion rights rally outside the Nebraska State Capitol on Monday.
Nebraska State Senator Julie Slama hugs a campaign volunteer after a press conference hosted by Citizens for Voter ID at the Capitol on Thursday. Citizens for Voter ID have submitted petitions to the Secretary of State to add a voter ID requirement to the state constitution.
Teri King (left) and Tom Dorshorst dance during Zoo Bar’s ZooFest music festival on July 8.
Skaters perform during the U.S. National Indoor Roller Figure Skating Championships Saturday at the Speedway Sports Complex.
Lincoln wide receiver Skyler Weber reacts after scoring a run against Kansas City in Saturday’s game at Haymarket Park.
LINCOLN, NEB. – 07/10/2022 – Protesters march around Lincoln Station during a rally in support of unionized railroad workers, Sunday, July 10, 2022. Unionized railroad workers in Nebraska are negotiating a new contract under the Railway Labor Act, after the previous contract expired in 2019. NOAH RIFFE, Journal Star
Cathy Smith (left to right), Rick Boucher and Shelly Horton ride horses through Pioneer Park on Monday. The city has approved the restoration of 3 km of horse trails in the park.
Carpet Land’s Owen Laessig’s hat flies as he lunges at first base to put out a JC Brager batter on June 29, 2022, at Den Hartog Field.
Customers perform fireworks from Black Dragon Fireworks in Hickman on Friday.
Dana Davenport, Josie Kinsinger and Dee Bronson (left to right) set up a phone so they could film a reel for Instagram at Aria Rose Bath Co. on Thursday.
Ozzie Pederson gives his Warmblood horse, named Smokey, a bath in preparation for the Lancaster County Super Fair, at the Lancaster Event Center Wednesday, July 27, 2022, in Lincoln, NE. KENNETH FERRIERA, Newspaper Star
Lincoln High’s Beni Ngoyi (center) and others, including Adonis Hutchinson (first from right), gather for a photo after Ngoyi announced his commitment to Iowa State on Wednesday at Lincoln High School.
Adam Helmerichs, owner of Diamond Concrete Cutting, organizes the removal of tiles from the Pershing Center mural on Wednesday.
A young Husker fan takes a photo at Memorial Stadium on Nebraska Football Fan Day Tuesday.
Carpet Land celebrates after beating Pinnacle Bank in
the American Legion A-5 Tournament Championship Tuesday at Den Hartog Field.
Union Bank’s Thomas Neal is featured during an American Legion Area 5 Tournament match against Carpet Land on Sunday July 17 at Den Hartog Field.
Racers rolled off the start line during Sunday’s Husker road race at Memorial Stadium.
A 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is up for auction at the Remlinger Collector Car Auction at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Ashley Peterson (right) adjusts the mortarboard cap for her son, Bryce Peterson, during a Future Husker University graduation ceremony at Memorial Stadium on Friday.
A participant watches tractors at the Camp Creek Threshers show Saturday near Waverly.
Former Papillion-La Vista softball player Jordy Bahl, who now plays in Oklahoma, lights the torch during the opening ceremonies for the Cornhusker State Games Friday at Seacrest Field.
A dragonfly lands on a lotus on Monday at Sunken Gardens, where temperatures peaked in the 90s.
Platte County District Attorney Jose Rodriguez stands outside the Platte County Courthouse.
Sampson Construction third baseman Noah Thiele jumps over Pinnacle Bank’s Max Olivas during a District A-5 Legion game Thursday at Den Hartog Field.
Dallas McGee, who is retiring at the end of the month from the city’s Department of Urban Development, poses for a photo at the Bill Harris Iron Horse Park in downtown Lincoln. At the start of Haymarket’s redevelopment, the renovation of Lincoln Station and the creation of Iron Horse Park were seen as a turning point for the area’s development, McGee said. “All of a sudden people were like ‘we need to get you down and show you Iron Horse Park'” when visitors came to town.
As temperatures in Lincoln soared into the upper 90s on Tuesday, families took advantage of the spray ground at Trago Park. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s next week and possibly in the top 100s on Friday and Saturday.