LINCOLN -- You are being asked to conserve water, by voluntarily following a designated schedule. Otherwise, the city may have to impose higher rates. Speaking on behalf of Mayor Chris Beutler on Tuesday, who was absent due to a jogging-related accident, Chief of Staff Rick Hoppe asked Lincolnites to follow the odd-even daily schedule for outdoor watering the rest of the summer, that will help keep daily usage under the city target maximum of 70 million gallons a day. Otherwise, the water rate increases could be imposed if the city declares voluntary or mandatory water restrictions. Those of you with addresses ending in an even number, including zero, should water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, while odd numbered addresses should water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Lincoln remains about 8 inches below normal rainfall for the past 12 months. City Water Engineer Jerry Obrist says flows at the city well fields on the Platte River at Ashland are down to about a third of normal.