Aqua Indiana issued this news release today:
(FORT WAYNE, Ind.) – Aqua Indiana is closely monitoring water usage today as temperatures climb to near 100 degrees, but says no additional measures are required to meet anticipated water demand.
“The distribution system is performing well,” said Tom Bruns, Aqua Indiana president. “Our storage tanks are stable at comfortable levels and water pressure is normal. Barring any water main breaks or other unexpected circumstances, we expect the system to continue to meet demand.”
Aqua urges customers to continue using water wisely, and asks that all lawn irrigation be stopped. However, Bruns explains that limited watering to sustain young trees, existing shrubs, gardens and flowerbeds is acceptable. “We understand the significant investment these plants represent, and recognize the stress they’re under due to the heat and drought. We ask that homeowners water them sparingly, and only in the early morning or evening hours when evaporation rates are lowest.”
Aqua Indiana reports demand for water has been above 5 million gallons per day in the past six days, but water pressure has been holding steady at normal levels. Although total usage remains very high, the amount of water drawn from the City of Fort Wayne has been less than expected.