The city is getting more water from its aquifers than it needs, and the water that does flow is being used more quickly than the city can provide, according to the city’s water chief.
In a memo obtained by The Washington Post, Thomas Tilden said the water department needs to get more water in and out of the water treatment plant and that the city should start pumping the treated water from the taps.
But he also said the city has not been getting enough water to meet the citywide demand for water.
Water department spokeswoman Michelle Stelzer said the department is working with the EPA and other agencies to determine the root cause of the shortages.
The city, which depends on water for roughly half of its total revenue, has been battling the shortage since early December, when the state announced that its aquifer was under threat due to low flows.
The water shortage has pushed many people to the edge of poverty.
It has also forced the city to cut back on services and hire more people to help manage the situation.
Water officials have said they’re getting about 300,000 acre-feet per day (50,000 gallons per day) of water from underground storage tanks, and they estimate they’ll need more than 4 million acre-fares (6 million gallons) per day to meet their demand.
The city has been trying to find a way to keep more water flowing while pumping out more of it from the aquiferets, but Stelter said it’s a “complex” process that takes time.
The Water Department will try to pump water out of reservoirs through underground storage in two different ways: by pumping the water from a well that has been built up and filled with sand to fill a gap, or by pumping out the water to the aquifer.
But there’s still a lot of water in those reservoirs, Stelster said.
The department is hoping to install a new underground storage facility, called a desalination plant, in April.
Stelzer acknowledged the city may have to cut its water usage to save money in the short term, but she said that the department was focused on finding a solution to the water shortage.
She said the plan is to install desalinated water storage tanks on existing city-owned properties.
The agency hopes to be able to pump out the remaining water from that water-treatment plant in April, Stellster said, but that process will be much slower than the process for replacing aging underground storage systems.
The government already has a system to desalinate water, called the Aquifer Replacement and Recovery Program, which pumps water from reservoirs into underground storage.
The project, which was announced in June, is scheduled to begin pumping out water from storage tanks by late next year, and it is expected to be completed in 2021.
“This is one of the big challenges we face.
I’ve been in the water business since the 1970s,” Stelzner said.
“This is something we can’t solve.
But we can make changes to reduce our water use and our use of water.”
St. Louis has also been forced to reduce its use of its water by more than 20 percent in recent years because of the drought.
The average household used about 11,000 cubic feet (9,200 gallons) of municipal water in 2014, a decrease of nearly 20 percent from the previous year.
The number of residents who use more than 9,000 square feet (5,000 sq. meters) a day increased by about 2 percent in the same time frame.
But Stelze said the overall level of use has decreased.