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Flagstaff’s drought worsens regardless of rain; Higher Lake Mary stuffed above common – Arizona Day by day Solar

City gauges, however, report Thorpe Park receiving 2 inches of rain over the past 30 days as of Thursday. Fort Valley Road, Dry Lake Hills, and San Francisco Mountain measured anywhere from a half an inch to 1.5 inches.

Lake Mary filling up

Brian Huntzinger, water production manager for the City of Flagstaff, said Upper Lake Mary is more than halfway full — which is good for this time of year.

Reviewing the past 60 years, Upper Lake Mary is usually 44% full in August. The lake is 64% full as of mid-August.

This spring the city made the decision to rely on Upper Lake Mary for slightly more than 30% of total potable water produced this year, equating to 900 million gallons from the lake for 2020.

Huntzinger said the division expects to see more water consumption in years with drier monsoon seasons.

Residents of Flagstaff have met that expectation this year, consuming about 61 million gallons of water per week for the past three months. In 2019, average weekly consumption during that time period was 58 million gallons, and in 2018 it was 60 million gallons.

“Over the last three years, consumption appears to be slightly higher this year in May, June and July,” Huntzinger said in an email.

Warmer weather vs. monsoons

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