Maryville Buying Water to Avoid Mandatory Restrictions

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Maryville (WVLT) - City leaders in Maryville are now buying water from another utility to supplement their main source of water which is falling to a dangerously low level.

The Maryville utility doesn't expect to pass the increased cost on to the users at this point, but may have to re-evaluate later.

Officials requested voluntary cutbacks on Sunday because water flow from the Little River is getting dangerously slow.

They are considering mandatory restrictions.

If you violate them, you could face a $50 fine.

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The cities of Maryville and Alcoa are on the verge of implementing mandatory water restrictions for its residents and industries.

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb has more on what this means for the community.

The city has been asking residents to cut back on water usage for several days now.

But if the days continue to be dry, asking may change to telling residents to cut back.

As the days stay hot and dry so to do many of the lawns in Maryville.

Water flow at Little River where the city gets its water is getting dangerously slow to where the city may require mandatory restrictions on water.

City officials say voluntary calls so far have not been successful.

Jeff Rose, the Maryville Water Control Director says, "we haven't seen any significant drop in water use so that's how we know voluntary conservation is not working."

So they're asking again before stopping residents from watering lawns and washing cars.

One resident says he's fine with a brown yard.

Andrew Steele says, "it is what it is. You know I'm not gonna sacrifice drinking water just so my grass looks nice."

But the city is also asking local industry to help.

Rose continues, "we'll also will eventually ask for conservation from the large industries and we've called some of our largest users to ask them to try to conserve as much as they can too."

The city of Alcoa is also on the verge of mandatory water restrictions but has sense learned they have no enforcement coordinators.

Kenny Wiggins says, "but we're looking at a couple of options. One, whether there are some state law that provides authority to local governments, and second is passing an ordinance."

Even the schools are cutting back on water.

Rebel Field is down to 50 percent and may be brown by game day.

Dr. Mike Dalton, the Maryville Schools Director says, "we've cut that back severely and are looking at the possibility of completely eliminating that."

For Maryville residents, Rose says they could face a 50 dollar fine per occurrence if they go to mandatory enforcement.

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