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Water Conservation 8/21/19

As of the morning of August 21st, the tanks are recovering.  Morpac tank dropped to 3 feet overnight.  We processed 2.8 million gallons in the last 24 hours. Currently there are two pumps running at Eyak Lake. Other sources are contributing although the gallons per minute continue to decrease without rain. Orca water source has dropped to zero.  Murcheson is contributing 315 gallons per minute today compared to 325 gallons per minute Monday. Meals Reservoir is 6.5 feet below the spill way.  We continue to tweak the system to use as much water as possible from Eyak Lake and use the smallest amount possible from the reservoir.  Heney Creek is still supplying water to Meals Reservoir although when daily demands are at or over 2.9 million gallons, additional water has to be pulled from Meals to meet demand.

The rain forecast continues to push back. Monday 8/28 is the first forecasted rain. If that forecast holds with multiple days of rain it will be very helpful to the water supply. Again, over the next 8 to 10 days it is crucial that water is used conservatively. With no rain forecast for 6 days, large quantities of fish for processing predicted, consecutive openers, and the reservoir at 6.5 feet below the spill way and dropping, every drop of water is important.

A garden hose (3/4”) uses 36 gallons per minute or 2,160 gallons in an hour.  10 people watering lawns or streets or washing cars is 21,600 gallons. It seems small compared to the 2.8 million used daily, but every gallon saved is one less gallon from Meals reservoir and Eyak lake.

Water Conservation 8/19/19

As of August 19th, the tanks are recovering. Morpac tank is at 7.8 feet, down from the 10 feet level of the 8/16 report. We processed 3.1 million gallons in the last 24 hours. Currently there are two pumps running at Eyak Lake. Other sources are contributing although the gallons per minute continue to decrease without rain. Orca water source has dropped from 105 gallons per minute on Friday 8/16 to 85 gallons per minute today. Murcheson is also dropping from 420 gallons per minute Friday to 325 gallons minute this morning. Meals Reservoir is 6.0 feet below the spill way.

(Left 6/14, Right 8/19)



As these sources continue to decrease, we are beginning to lose ground on the reservoir faster. We are unable to supplement the water used with lake water at a fast enough pace to maintain a reserve. The rain forecast continues to be pushed back, there are a few days with showers with minimal accumulation. Saturday currently is the largest forecast of rain, although it will help, it will not be enough to recharge the reservoir.  Again, the next 8 to 10 days will be crucial that water is conserved diligently. With no rain forecast for days, large quantities of fish for processing predicted, possible consecutive openers, and the reservoir at 6.0 feet below the spill way and dropping, every drop of water is important.

Please use water sparingly and do not water lawns or streets to alleviate dust or wash cars.
Thank you!

Water Conservation 8/15/19

As of August 15th the tanks are recovering. The Morpac tank that primarily serves the canneries dropped to 5 feet (very low) yesterday but gained 5 feet overnight and will continue to gain until the next round of processing starts. We processed 2.9 million gallons in the last 24 hours, and 2.5 million gallons the 24 hours prior. Currently there are two pumps running at Eyak Lake. Other sources are contributing although the gallons per minute continue to decrease without rain. Meals Reservoir as of 8/12/19 was 5.2 feet below the spill way, it will be lower after the last two days of processing. The rain forecast continues to be pushed back, there is none in the forcast for the next 6 days. During the next 8 to 10 days it will be crucial that water is conserved diligently. With no rain forecast for days, large quantities of fish for processing predicted, and the reservoir more than 5.2 feet below the spill way, every drop of water is important. 

Please use water sparingly and do not water lawns or streets to alleviate dust or wash cars.
Thank you!

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