Members of the Edgerton City Council discussed the city’s short-term water emergency plan at its work session Thursday night.
The Water Emergency Conservation Plan is designed to “isolate and conserve an adequate supply of portable water during emergency conditions that will be used only to sustain human life and maintain acceptable standards of hygiene and sanitation.”
According to the plan, presented to the council by City Administrator David Dillner, an organizational hierarchy will be put in place by which city officials contact one another to determine the severity of the water shortage and discuss a plan of action. If necessary, the city administrator would need to issue a declaration of emergency to the general public and area media outlets.
The plan identifies three separate scenarios by which city staff can measure a water emergency. Under the first, if the city’s water storage falls below 85 percent capacity and is not expected to recover, city staff would issue what is called a “water watch,” in which they monitor water use and limit activities such as hydrant flushing and street cleaning. City staff will ask Edgerton residents to limit their own water use by taking short showers, not letting faucets run, and other actions.
The second scenario is triggered when the city’s water supply falls below 70 percent capacity and is not expected to recover. In this scenario, the city will monitor water usage daily and stop all unnecessary water consumption, such as watering of city grounds and washing of vehicles. City staff will restrict Edgerton residents’ outdoor water use for activities such as lawn watering to before 10 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
The third and most severe scenario is triggered when the city’s water supply falls below 50 percent and is not expected to recover. In that stage, city government will organize public meetings to discuss the emergency and how the city is handling it. In addition to monitoring water usage each day, the city will seek emergency supplies from regional, state or government agencies. The city also will ban all outdoor water use.
According to the plan, in the event that water must be brought in to Edgerton from another source, the city administrator will procure tanker trucks to transport the water; Dillner said the possibility exists that BNSF’s mainline would need to be used to transport water into town during emergency situations.
Dillner said the city plans to review the city’s water conservation plan “on a regular basis” during drought or other water shortage conditions.
For information on the city’s average monthly water use, call the Community Center at 893-6231.
In other business, the council:
* heard a report on the city of Edgerton’s Wage and Benefit Analysis, which was performed by People Wise of Missouri Inc. (see accompanying story).
* Discussed the adoption of a capital improvement policy and a property maintenance code for the city. The council will vote on those two items of legislation at a later date.
The Edgerton City Council will reconvene for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Community Center, 404 E. Nelson St.