Lincoln wellfields

Crews worked this week to rebuild a road along the Platte River in order to reach Lincoln wells in an area ravaged by recent flooding.

City of Lincoln and Omaha Public Power District crews continued working Thursday to restore power and repair city wells near the Platte River, according to a news release.

The city gets its drinking water from wells along the Platte near Ashland, an area devastated by historic flooding this month. 

Mayor Chris Beutler established mandatory water restrictions on Sunday when production from the city's wells dropped to 25 million gallons per day, less than average winter usage. 

The mayor ended those mandatory restrictions Wednesday after power was restored to additional city wells and production capacity rose to 40 million gallons daily.

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Following construction of a new access road Wednesday, OPPD crews are installing new power poles and lines to wells closest to the Platte River, according to the news release.

Teams from Lincoln Water System and OPPD used a helicopter to access and inspect equipment in the wellfields on Thursday afternoon. When operational, these wells would significantly increase the system's water production capability.

Residents and businesses are urged to continue to voluntarily reduce water consumption by 25 percent.

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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