At a quarter foot below full pool, Lake Springfield is above its average level for this time of year.
Heavy spring rains meant more than 40 billion gallons of water went over Spaulding Dam, about two-and-a-half times the volume of the lake. Water division manager Ted Meckes says along with the additional fresh water, the rain also washed a lot of sediment into the lake.
“We did have some concerns with how dirty it was,” says Meckes. “It was very turbid water but sometimes that makes it easier to treat. You can use a little bit more chemical but the block particles get bigger and settle out. We found that to be a little helpful this year.”
Meckes says the area has been fortunate that the added rains didn’t bring added harmful chemicals or foul odors into the water. This time last year Lake Springfield was more than two feet below full pool, forcing the city to place water restrictions on CWLP water customers.