Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers has lifted a voluntary water conservation order he put into place last week. The order was lifted after more than two inches of rain fell in Paris between Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, July 27.
That week also saw the arrival of a cold front in the state that caused highs to dip into the 80s after more than a week of highs hitting the upper 90s and heat index readings of more than 100 degrees.
The rain that fell in Paris last week was the most significant rain over several days since the middle of June. The 2.15 inches that feel last week, as measured at the Paris Water Production Plant, puts the city at 2.95 inches of rain this month, a little more than half-an-inch below the 3.5 inches of rain the area averages in July.
And, that average may be attained. There was a 30 percent chance of rain in the area through today (Wednesday). That tapers off to a 10 percent chance of rain through Friday. This weekend, rain chances rise to 30 percent. Highs are expected to creep back into the middle 90s before dropping to the low 90s and high 80s this weekend and early next week.
Despite the rain, most of Logan County is listed as abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor Report issued last Thursday. A small section of eastern Logan County remains in the grip of a moderate drought, according to the report.
Voluntary water conservation is the lowest level of the city’s water conservation ordinance. This time last year, Paris and customers of its water system were under a mandatory conservation order. In fact,various levels of water conservation were in place for seven months last year and the area got 17 inches of rain below normal for the year.
At the water plant .80 inches of rain was measured on July 11, .60 inches on July 20, 1.1 inches on July 24 and .45 inches on July 27. Some parts of northern Logan County reported upwards of two inches of rain on July 24.
Last week’s rain also caused a major drop in water demand, according to Jason Cauthron, manager of the Paris Water Production Plant.
"It’s gone way down over the last several days," Cauthron said Monday.
Last Saturday and Sunday, for example, the plant produced 1.9 million gallons a day. Late last week, the plant was producing 2.4 million gallons a day, Cauthron said.
"Before that," he said, "we were up around 2.7 million to 2.8 million gallons a day. Demand started dropping on July 20. On July 19, we made 2.8 million gallons."
The plant’s capacity is three million gallons a day.
"Everything at the plant is looking really good, right now," Rogers said. "Consumption has gone way down because we got some much-needed rain. I hope the rain keeps coming."