Section 10 Public Works
Policy 10-2 WATER PUMPING FROM LAKE ELLSWORTH TO LAKE LAWTONKA
DISTRIBUTION: Mayor and City Council
SUBJECT: Water Pumping From Lake Ellsworth to Lake Lawtonka
PURPOSE: To achieve maximum yields of water supply from Lake Lawtonka
Ellsworth, yet, minimize the amount of pumping required to achieve this goal.
BACKGROUND: Water for treatment and consumption is withdrawn from Lake
Lake Ellsworth water is transferred (pumped) to Lake Lawtonka. Records of the Lakes levels
indicate that a large rain can result in rises of three to six feet. Yields to the lake are maximized
when levels are balanced to receive runoff from their water sheds.
PROCEDURES: Pumping will be suspended when the level of Lake Lawtonka
less (i.e. at or above elevation
feet) below the top of its gates year round. Weather and
watershed conditions will be considered when implementing pumping procedures.
The Public Works Director
may use discretion in implementing this policy under
the following conditions:
A. If the watershed is in a saturated condition whereby it could
be fairly and reasonably
assumed that additional rain would result in substantial runoff physically into Lake Lawtonka,
then pumping may be reduced to a minimum in anticipation of favorable natural results.
B. Lake Ellsworth is at an elevation so low that further pumping
will cause damage to the
C. Such times when the pumping of Lake Ellsworth is necessary
to achieve optimum use of the
Citys Vested Water Rights at both Lakes Lawtonka and Ellsworth.
D. Such times when the area is experiencing Drought conditions in accordance with the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC).
The pumping that can be included under the required monthly minimum charge for electricity
the pumping station will be accomplished whenever the level of Lake Lawtonka is below the top
of its gates.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This policy supersedes Council Policy 10-2 dated
June 24, 2008,
will remain in effect until rescinded. Effective date April 10, 2012.
DEPARTMENT: Public Works
Fred L. Fitch.
April 10, 2012
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(CP 10-2, Amended, 04/10/2012, 06/24/2008, CP 10-2, Amended 01/27/1998)