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Drop in water levels at City Lakes no cause for concern

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm

By Ethan Colbert
bgted@lcs.net

A combination of lack of rains, above-average temperatures, and abnormally high usage has caused the levels in the city’s two lakes to drop, according to the City of Bowling Green’s Public Works Department Director Bo Stinnett.
In a presentation to the Bowling Green Board of Aldermen last week, Stinnett reported that Lake No. 1, which is formally known as the Jack Floyd Memorial Lake or informally known as the new city lake, was down 1.5 feet at the time of his presentation.
The lake’s water level, which was recently raised six-inches due to rains earlier this month, is the lake that supplies the city’s water plant. It is also the lake that has water being pumped to it from Lake No. 2, which is known informally as the Old City Lake or City Reservoir No. 1.
According to Stinnett, Lake No. 2, the water level in the lake was increased by one foot due to the recent rain.
Overall, Stinnett said the water levels within the two city lakes remain in “pretty decent shape” and that he is not concerned about the water levels.
Stinnett stressed in his interview that the city’s public works department is no where near the point of asking residents to curb their water usage or ration water usage in the city as has been in the past when the water levels at the lake have dropped.

Water levels at the City Lakes continue to drop due to a lack of rain, abnormally high temperatures, and above-average water consumption by city residents. City officials say that despite the drop in water pressure that the city’s water supply is adequate and there is no need for residents to curb that water usage.
Pictured above, Terry Merritt paddles his kayak on Jack Floyd Memorial Lake.

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