Utilities Conserve Water

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Lenoir City, Loudon County (WVLT) - Even though some of us enjoyed a little rain over the weekend, the dry trend is back.

And that's prompted some local water providers to take action.

Lenoir City Utilities is the latest to ask you to cut back on watering your lawns.

First Utility District sent out a conservation notice in April.

Jim Freeman has more on a problem that's leaving some customers high and dry.

Your grass doesn't need water every single day, but your neighbors do. Reason enough for a couple of local providers to ask customers to conserve water.

Bill New lives in the Avalon neighborhood in Loudon County, "I don't have a problem with that. It's just everybody's in the same boat, and you try to do your best to keep your lawn green."

It's with the irrigation systems that keep those lawns so green where customers are being asked to cut back.

"These irrigation systems are putting a tremendous strain on our ability to deliver water,” says Wayne Watson is General Manager of First Utility District.

And in Loudon County, that strain left a few homes without water.

Greg Jones, General Manager for Water and Wastewater for Lenoir City Utilities Board says "we had a few residents out of water because our tank levels got so low and that's when we decided we had to do something. It was our last step."

The summer numbers push demand way up the chart.

"During most of the year, we sell 8-9 million gallons of water per day. In the summer, that can peak at 22 million gallons a day nearly three times as much water as we'd sell the rest of the year,” Wayne says.

The 30,000 plus First Utility customers have been asked to conserve since April.

"We have a few people that are helping, but we have a few others that are continuing to water,” Wayne admits.

Lenoir City Utilities' 8,500 users were just asked to cut back and its lowest tank is already showing signs of recovery.

"So we've gained over the weekend to 15 and a half-feet, but we're not where we need to be,” Jones says.

For now, both First Utility and Lenoir City Utilities are only asking for outside water and irrigation conservation.

First Utility
Even Numbered Street Addresses water only on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays
Odd Numbered Street Addresses water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Parks, subdivisions, common areas, medians, areas without an address water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

Lenoir City Utilities Board
Watering should be done between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Even Numbered Street Addresses water only on Tuesday Mornings
Odd Numbered Street Addresses water only on Wednesday Mornings
Commercial/Business water on Thursday
Parks, Subdivisions, Common Areas, Medians without addresses do not water.

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