All mandatory water use curtailment restrictions were lifted today in Brookings as residents were urged to continue to conserve.
“With the immediate threat of the Chetco Bar Fire to the City diminishing, we are now able to return to normal water use,” said City Manager Gary Milliman. “However, we continue to urge City water customers to conserve water and to be prepared to curtail use once again if fire conditions change.”
“We know many people want to clean up around their houses and wash their vehicles,” Milliman said. “Citizens need to be aware that the fire danger has not passed. The fire continues to grow and could return to being a threat to the City if certain weather conditions and fire growth patterns occur.”
The City has a storage capacity of 4.1 million gallons of water and a replenishment pumping capacity of about 2.0 million gallons per day. Water use on Monday was about 1.3 million gallons, so it would take about 15 hours of continuous pumping to keep up with current demand. Normal use during late August last year was as high as 2.1 million gallons per day, which would require round-the-clock pumping to sustain.
“If use continues at around 1.5 million gallons per day, we can maintain good reserve levels. That’s why we are asking people to continue to conserve,” Milliman said.