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Water shortage prompts cutbacks
FUD, LCUB call for irrigation limits, sanctions touted


West Knox and Loudon counties’ water utilities are contemplating imposing harsh penalties on area residents if they continue to tax water systems during a drought.

Penalties could impact area subdivisions, including Avalon, Mahlon Place, Sugarwood, Fox Den, Rockwell Farms, Vista, Brixworth, Falcon Point and Montgomery Cove.

Wayne Watson, manager of First Utility District, and Lenoir City Utility Board water and wastewater manager Greg Jones both said the main difficulty is being caused by frequent use of personal irrigation systems to water yards.

“We sent out a letter to our customers asking them to water their yards only between one and two in the morning once a week,” Jones said. “We’re having difficulty in retaining our tank levels. That’s the reason we put out the notice.”

Jones said the situation is that residents are continuing to maintain lifestyles by washing cars, topping off pools, watering lawns daily and other things without thought to conservation efforts.

Watson said FUD was seeing similar problems, primarily due to frequent use of irrigation systems.

“Our voluntary program is not working that well,” Watson said. “We’ve already pumped out twenty-five percent more than we did on

 

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