Editor’s note: The request to conserve water was retracted Friday. “Aqua is monitoring conditions closely, and may issue an updated release with a new conservation appeal in the near future.”
Statement as distributed Thursday:
(FT. WAYNE, Ind.) – Aqua Indiana asks its customers in Aboite Township to reduce lawn watering through Monday, June 18, 2012. With high temperatures, low humidity and no significant rain in the forecast, Aqua is asking for voluntary water conservation as a precaution.
"While our wells and treatment plants are operating well, we ask that our customers curtail lawn-watering to maintain dependable supplies of water throughout the system at all times." said Tom Bruns, Aqua Indiana president.
Aqua has been able to meet the demand for water thus far, but if water use continues at the current rate, there is concern that the system will not be able to maintain adequate water pressure for its customers and for fire protection needs.
"We also ask that you consider other conservation methods, such as taking shorter showers, limiting car washes and checking for leaks. Also, wash clothes in large loads rather than multiple smaller loads," adds Bruns. "With no rain in the forecast, we are asking for your help for the foreseeable future."
The utility will re-evaluate its request to reduce all lawn watering on a weekly basis and may continue to ask for water-conservation efforts if the excessive demand continues. Other potential conservation measures are possible if high demand continues.
While your lawn might turn brown, that is not a sign it is dying. Grasses naturally go dormant to protect themselves during drought conditions such as Indiana is experiencing this year.
Water consumption across much of northern Indiana has increased steadily since mid-May to near record levels, and many water utilities are being challenged by high water demands.