Lincoln is considering imposing higher water rates during a drought to encourage residents to conserve water.
The city has hired HDR Engineering for $30,149 to advise them on the possible benefits of imposing a drought surcharge on water rates.
Lincoln's chief engineer Jerry Obrist says the city hasn't decided to impose higher rates during drought conditions, but officials are looking at the possibility of doing that. Obrist says the goal of any such plan would be to reduce water usage, not raise more money for the city.
But regardless of what happens with rates, Lincoln residents will likely face mandatory water restrictions again next summer if the drought continues.