National Drought Mitigation Center

National Drought Mitigation Center
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Ketchikan, Alaska relying solely on diesel powered generators
10/23/2018 12:00:00 AM

Water Supply & Quality
Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK
Ketchikan, AK

Start Date: 10/1/2018 - End Date: 4/15/2019
Rain in the latter part of October 2018 allowed Ketchikan Public Utilities to return to hydropower production, but more rain was needed. October was the 8th driest one on record at around 60 percent of normal precipitation. Juneau KTOO (Alaska), Nov. 1, 2018 Drought prompted Ketchikan Public Utilities to alternate between hydro and diesel for power, but as of Oct. 15, lake levels were low enough that the utility began relying solely on diesel for power. To make sure that the community would have sufficient power through the winter, two additional diesel-powered generators were rented for the next four to six months. KRBD (Ketchikan, Alaska), Oct. 19, 2018