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FUD calls for voluntary water usage cutback

The voluntary water consumption request to residents and commercial businesses in Southwest Knox County has not impacted the low supplies of water and many homes are still without adequate pressure or water supply, Wayne Watson, First Utility District interium manager, announced.

Customers living at lower elevations are continuing to irrigate and have not noticed any pressure reductions. But storage tank levels are low, and customers at higher elevations may not have water for normal indoor usage.

One area heavily affected is Point Bluff off Early Road on the Choto Pennisula.

Residents there said that water pressure was so low that showering had become impossible. Concern also was expressed about the water pressure available at fire hydrants and whether needed pressure to fill fire trucks was available in case of emergency.

Watson said that as a result of the shortage a water restriction is being put into place throughout the First Utility District until further notice to ensure all homes have adequate water pressure and supply. The restriction applies to outdoor irrigation systems and recommends that homeowners and businesses adjust their sprinkler timer settings or practices as follows:

Customers living at an even-numbered address water their lawns only on even-numbered days.

Customers living at an odd-numbered address water their lawns only on odd-numbered days.

This action is being taken to ensure that homeowners and businesses are not irrigating their lawns daily, which is draining available water capacity this year. First Utility is currently expanding the capacity of its water treatment plant from 21 million gallons per day to 34 million gallons per day. However, the new capacity will not come online until the summer of 2007.


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