Statement issued Wednesday by Aqua Indiana:
(FT. WAYNE, Ind.) – Aqua Indiana reports its calls for voluntary water conservation have not been successful in reducing demand and as a result some customers continue to report low water pressure. The utility is repeating its request that customers stop all lawn irrigation and unnecessary uses of water until further notice.
Despite calls for conservation, Aqua Indiana customers drew more than 5.2 million gallons of water yesterday, twice as much as this time last year. In response to this near-record demand Aqua Indiana plans to begin drawing water from the City of Fort Wayne to supply about 1,400 customers in an area north of State Road 14 from Hadley to Scott roads. This is expected to reduce demand on the Aqua system and help maintain normal water pressure for Aqua customers system-wide. Neighborhoods targeted to receive city water are Shorewood, Abbey Place, Walnut Creek, Whispering Meadows, Falls of Beaver Creek and Brenton Glens.
The connection between Aqua and City Utilities has been in place for many years and allows the utilities to provide relief for each other in periods of exceptionally high demand. The valves which control the exchange point will be opened at 9:00 p.m. tonight (June 20, 2012). Households converted to City water may notice a brief period of cloudiness during the transition.
This supplement to the Aqua system will continue until further notice and until overall demand for water declines to a point where water pressure can be maintained consistently.
“We thank those Aqua customers who are actively conserving water. Our area is 7 inches behind normal rainfall for the year and experiencing near-record heat. With no significant rain in the forecast, we hope the combination of conservation and the connection to the Fort Wayne water system will alleviate pressure problems experienced this week,” Tom Bruns, Aqua Indiana president said.
Aqua continues to urge 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.