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MWA's Javors Lucas Lake back to full pool

Feb 27, 2017 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

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After facing drought conditions, including the most consecutive days without rain in modern history, the MWA's Javors Lucas Lake was back to full pool by the end of January.

Even amidst the Level 1 Drought Response for Macon-Bibb County imposed by Georgia EPD, the MWA’s reservoir – Javors Lucas Lake – was back to full pool by the end of January. MWA customers should have no concerns of the Authority not being able to meet their drinking water consumption demands.

Currently, outdoor watering restrictions are in place for MWA customers, due to ongoing drought conditions in Middle Georgia. Thus, MWA customers can water outdoors daily, except between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regardless of drought conditions, MWA customers are encouraged to use water wisely.

During 2016, most of Georgia experienced the third driest year of rainfall since 1990. Even during the several months of exceptional drought conditions in the region, the MWA had more than enough water supply from Javors Lucas Lake to serve its customers. With approximately 5.8 billion gallons of raw water storage at full pool, Javors Lucas Lake never dipped below 3.9 billion gallons, or 67% of its capacity.

MWA can keep more than adequate water levels in Javors Lucas Lake because of its operational efficiencies, which include an ability to withdraw water from the Ocmulgee River and pump it into Javors Lucas Lake to supplement storage. The MWA is permitted to pump between 35 to 110 million gallons per day (MGD) from the Ocmulgee, depending on the flow in the river. However, the Authority has needed to withdraw only about 30 MGD to replenish storage in Javors Lucas Lake impacted by drought.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
Phone: 770-757-1681
Email: jcwood@uga.edu or chris@jwapr.com

Tagged: macon water authority, mwa, javors lucas lake, full pool, georgia epd, georgia environmental protection division, epd level 1 drought response

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