Burn ban, water conservation continue in Jasper | News
Jasper will continue its water conservation efforts and burn ban until further notice.
WITZ Radio reports that Fire Captain Phil Schmitt told the Common Council that despite rain in the area recently, the ground and foliage is still very dry.
Water and Gas Manager Mike Oeding also addressed the council and mayor in regards to the continued water restrictions. The city requested the Army Corps of Engineers at Patoka Reservoir to slow their release of water from 30 to 25 cubic feet per second; that request has been implemented. Oeding stated with the lower release rate the water is once again backing off of the Dubois Dam.
“I have been here 30 years and I have never seen it like this,” Oeding said. “They (Army Corp of Engineers) usually has the flow at 20 cfs during the summer, but we have never ran out of water.”
Currently Jasper homeowners and businesses with an odd number address can water on odd days of the month, while even addresses can water on even days of the month.