FORT WAYNE – Aqua Indiana is asking customers in Aboite Township to reduce lawn watering only through Thursday.
Thats a change from a previous statement by the water service, which initially asked Aboite residents to conserve water through June 18.
High temperatures, low humidity and a lack of significant rain in the forecast is the reason Aqua is asking for the voluntary water conservation, according to a statement.
Bill Tyson, a spokesman for Aqua, said officials with the water service initially looked at weather 10 days ahead in deciding on the June 18 date. After some discussion, they decided to look only a week ahead.
And rain appears to be on the way next week, Tyson said in a voicemail.
The utility will re-evaluate on a weekly basis and may continue to ask for water-conservation efforts if the excessive demand continues, according to its release.
Aqua has been able to meet the demand for water so far, the statement said. But if water use continues at its current rate, there is some concern the system will not be able to maintain adequate water pressure for its customers or fire protection, the statement said.
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, Tom Bruns, Aqua Indiana president, said in the statement.
While Aqua Indiana gets water from wells, Fort Wayne gets its water from the St. Joseph River.
There is currently no danger of a water shortage in that river, said Mary Jane Slaton, the program manager for City Utilities.
In fact, she said, there are two reservoirs of water behind dams that can be used if a shortage occurs.
Plus, she said, officials check the levels regularly – just as theyve always done in the summertime.
Its not any different than any other year, she said.