By JC Medina
The Lacey Water Resources Department (WRD) has recently updated its Water Shortage Response Plan (WSRP) for better communication and readability.
Lacey’s water resources specialist Linsey Fields said there are changes and updates to the WSRP document to reflect their department’s dynamic operating system each summer, when the Commission meets public services on Monday, May 2.
For this year, the city’s WRD has revamped the format of the WSRP to reflect the needs of its customers. He also added updates to reflect the city’s current organizational structures. Fields said he added the role of deputy city manager to certain stages of their communications.
Fields said he also added specific details to help direct communication with customers in the event of an emergency.
“There is a need to work better with public affairs,” Fields said. “To create an emergency communication plan on how to get the word out in the best way but also in the fastest way.”
Lacey’s water is supplied by groundwater sources, Fields said, which makes the town not vulnerable to short-term drought conditions.
However, Lacey could be vulnerable to drought conditions caused by six months or more of low fall/winter rainfall, unexpected failure of the water supply system, natural or man-made disasters, and contamination of the supply. in water, Fields explained.
Fields said the current possible production (P3) will be the basis for the WSRP stages. P3 is the maximum amount of water that can be produced with wells in the city pumping 21 hours a day, expressed in millions of gallons per day.
According to the WSRP, for the annual period beginning June 1, P3 is 18.86 million gallons per day. Therefore, the WSRP steps are triggered as follows:
- Step 1: Notice: Every summer.
- Stage 2: Internal action stage: 15.09 MGD (80% of P3 for 3 consecutive days).
- Step 3: Mandatory step: 16.98 MGD (90% P3 for 3 consecutive days). 17.92 MGD (95% p3 for 1 day).
- Stage 4: Emergency Stage: 17.92 MGD (95% P3 for 3 consecutive days
The WSRP provides operating procedures for the city in the event of a weather-related water shortage, natural or man-made disaster, or other water system operating emergency.