WORTHINGTON WATER UPDATE
Through the combination of receiving significant precipitation throughout the late fall and winter and the numerous swings between normal winter and milder weather throughout the winter, the aquifer supplying our Lake Bella wells experienced a remarkable and unprecedented recharge throughout the winter. The static water levels in the seven Lake Bella wells have risen an average of 17 feet 9 inches since mid-November 2015. The static level in Well #26, the well we use as our "indicator well", has improved 18 feet 3 inches over that time period and has gone from 10 feet 7 inches below historic average to 9 feet 9 inches above historic average! As of the end of March 2016, the static level in Well #26 is 13 feet 7 inches higher than it was just a year ago, 19 feet 6 inches above the 2014 level and 20 feet 4 inches above where it was at this time in 2013.
Due to the improvement in the condition of our primary water supply, the Water & Light Commission has lifted all supplementary restrictions on the use of water from the municipal system. Per city ordinance, the use of municipal water for lawn and garden irrigation purposes remains limited to addresses ending in an even number watering on even numbererd days and addresses ending in an odd number watering on odd numbered days. Additionally, no irrigation is permitted between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Even with the improved conditions, customers are strongly encouraged to continue with water conservation and reuse practices and to use water as wisely as possible. Your cooperation will hopefully help us avoid imposing additional restrictions.
LEWIS & CLARK UPDATE
Construction related activities on the Minnesota portion of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System project continue to progress. Pipeline construction continued throughout the winter and the City of Luverne began receiving Lewis & Clark water on March 14. Construction is currently underway between Luverne and Magnolia where Rock County Rural Water and Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water will each have a connection to L & C. Funding is secured to extend the project to Lincoln Pipestone's second connection near Adrian with construction expected to be completed late in 2016. We're working with the Minnesota Legislature to secure a third funding advance this session. If successful, it's anticipated that Worthington would begin receiving water from the project by mid-2018.
Apr 20, 2016
Worthington Public Utilities would like to remind our customers that the discharge of sump pumps into the sanitary sewer system is a violation of City Ordinance and is subject to a fine. The discharge of
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Mar 31, 2016
Worthington Public Utilities (WPU) has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2015. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (APPA), a trade group in Washington, D.C. that represents more than 2,000
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