Statement as issued Tuesday by Aqua Indiana:
(FT. WAYNE, Ind.) – Aqua Indiana is asking customers in Aboite Township to continue avoiding lawn irrigation and other unnecessary uses of water until further notice. Repairs are complete on a water main break and pump failure that contributed to periods of low water pressure. However, demand remains unusually high and the utility is asking for water conservation to continue.
Lawn irrigation causes spikes in water consumption of up to 100% over normal pumping demand straining the distribution network. “We must maintain reserve capacity to cope with fires and other emergencies,” said Aqua Indiana President Tom Bruns. “That’s our primary concern.”
Aqua Indiana’s wells and pumps have been operating at historically high levels through most of June. The company says an ample supply of water is still available in the company’s well fields and the treatment facilities have capacity to meet demand.
“Temperatures in the upper 90’s are still in the forecast and there’s only a slight chance of rain in the next few days, so we’re asking customers to use water wisely,” explained Bruns. “The system is meeting demand, but we think it is prudent to continue voluntary conservation. With dry conditions so widespread, we understand the need to water plants and gardens. We’re simply asking customers to avoid all other outdoor uses of water.”
Aqua asks customers to report any suspected leak, unusual pools of water or areas that appear to be unusually green and moist. Customers can contact Aqua customer service at 877.987.2782.
Aqua will provide updates to the local media at approximately 3:00 p.m. daily.