Des Moines set a new record for municipal water demand Monday, and was on track to hit that again today. But some other cities say despite the searing heat, they’re having no trouble supplying the needs of residents. In Council Bluffs, waterworks manager Doug Drummey says pumpage was up Monday but didn’t set a record as it did last summer, and eased today. It rained a little last night, enough for people to use less water and the utility to cut back pumpage. Though the Missouri River’s been lowered by several years of drought and management changes by the Army Corps of Engineers, Drummey says there’s no problem getting enough for the city’s drinking water. The waterworks hasn’t had to make any special changes with the lower river, as its intake it designed to take in river water at a level far lower than the river’s at this summer. Drummey says water wasn’t the utility that most concerned local officials. The power company called to ask the waterworks to start using its backup generators, part of an agreement that during peak electric demand the utility will “load shed.” Drummey says the demand is down today. In Cedar Rapids, waterworks manager John North says the hot, dry weather’s no problem. While pumpage is up and they’re averaging 47-million gallons a day they haven’t hit last year’s record of 50-million. There’s ample supply and treatment capacity so even if they DID beat records, users will have enough water. The town’s had some rain others haven’t. North says if it stays hot and dry Cedar Rapids may beat its former water-use records, but he still doesn’t anticipate any problem meeting demand.
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