The City Council has voted to put its water customers under Stage III water restrictions of the Urban Water Management Plan’s water shortage contingency plan.
The vote came Tuesday evening after discussions about the drought and how it is affecting the city’s ability to provide water to its present customers, and also to the citizens of Parkwood, the 600-home unincorporated development bordering the city’s south side. Parkwood is down to one poorly performing well.
Madera Public Works Director David Randall presented information about normally productive wells that are beginning to fail, and the failure of which has city water experts worried over why.
The wells aren’t reacting the way a well normally does when it goes out of service,” Randall said. “We think what’s happening is that the water table just simply isn’t able to transfer the water. There’s not enough flow. We’re seeing water levels falling, and adding air to the water, and being drawn down too fast. Wells that normally would get 1,000 to 1,200 gpm (gallons per minute) we’re getting only about 400 gpm, if we can get the wells to pump that slowly.” ...