Statement as issued Friday:
(FT. WAYNE, Ind.) – Aqua Indiana is asking customers in Aboite Township to water their lawns every other day in an effort to reduce demand by 10%. Despite high temperatures, low humidity and no significant rain in the forecast, Aqua says minimizing lawn irrigation alone is all that’s needed to ensure adequate water pressure.
Aqua is asking customers with an even-numbered street address to water on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Those with an odd-number address are urged to water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Customers are asked to follow this schedule until further notice.
“We want people to understand there is no shortage of water supply,” says Tom Bruns, Aqua Indiana president. “This request is precautionary. Even with the extreme flow rates we’ve seen this week, our wells and treatment facilities are keeping pace. The simple step of watering lawns less frequently will help us maintain full water pressure throughout the entire system.”
The demand for water in the past five days has been among the highest in history, topping 5.5 million gallons per day. While the well fields and water treatment facilities have adequate capacity, the distribution system is being strained by this high demand. Aqua says limiting irrigation will ensure adequate pressure for fire hydrants and unforeseen emergencies.
“We recognize the investment and pride many homeowners have in their lawns and landscapes. The even-odd lawn watering schedule we’re suggesting should bring about the 10% reduction in peak demand we need, while helping plants survive what climatologists say is a moderate drought,” said Bruns.