July 23 Brookfield City Council approved a water resolution for residents to be mindful of their water usage.
According to city employees, the resolution is not a water ban, but a way for residents to cut down on usage.
The Brookfield City Council met in an impromptu meeting July 23 to approve a water resolution for the city. The Council unanimously passed the resolution, which has been effective after the Monday meeting.
The resolution states, “the Brookfield City Council hereby determines that an emergency exists by reason of a water shortage needed for essential uses due to drought conditions.” The resolution includes ways for citizens to curb their water usage, repairing leaky faucets, or pipes, operate dishwashers and washing machines only when they are full, be conscientious when showering, or bathing, do not let water run while shaving, or brushing teeth, water lawns and outdoor plants only in the late evening and early morning, consider sweeping sidewalks, driveways and patios rather than washing them, use minimal amounts of water when washing vehicles, do not refill your swimming pool.
According to the Brookfield Wastewater Plant chief operator Justin Griffin, the water department is not running out of water.
“The resolution is a suggestion on how people can conserve water,” Griffin said. “The resolution is not mandatory. We don’t know how long the drought will last.”
Last week the city was notified by the Department of Natural Resources that Brookfield is in an extreme level of drought. Currently, much of the state is in a drought. Central Missouri and much of northern Missouri is in the extreme level of drought.
The U.S. Drought Monitor categorizes an extreme level of drought to be losses of pasture, or crops and widespread water shortages. According to Brookfield Water and Sewer foreman, the city lake is about 41 inches from a full pool. A similar resolution was passed in 2012, as well.
Brookfield Mayor Lonnie Trentham says the resolution is a preemptive measure.
“We past the resolution in case the drought persists for another 30 days,” Trentham said. “If it keeps going, people will have to start cutting back.”
Currently, Brookfield Water and Sewer have been repairing water mains across the city. Water mains are breaking due to the drought at an average of one per day.