City Utilities Water Customers Asked to Voluntarily Conserve
City Utilities of Springfield is asking its water customers to voluntarily conserve water and places the community in a Water Watch. A Water Watch indicates that conditions are right for our water supply levels to continue a decline, and with a persistent drought, the decline could be more rapid. This request, the first in the history of supplying water to Springfield, is due to the extended drought conditions in the area.
Water supply levels today are approximately 74 percent with the historic average at 88 percent.
“We’ve received good response from many of our customers who are using the Odd/Even watering program for irrigation and have taken other steps to conserve water.” Says Scott Miller, General Manager. “With everyone working together and taking a common sense approach to using water wisely, we hope to keep the community from getting to the Emergency Water Conservation Plan.”
The Emergency Water Conservation Plan would become effective at the 60 percent storage level with more restrictive phases at 55 and 50 percent storage levels. Complete information and daily storage level updates are available at www.cityutilities.net/resident/water.htm
Suggested ways for water customers to conserve include:
Participate in the Odd/Even watering schedule, but reduce the number of days you are watering your lawn to twice or once a week.
Take additional steps at your home or business to conserve water.
Check for and repair water leaks
Be more vigilant about turning off the water when shaving or brushing your teeth
Take shorter showers
Run your dishwashers and washing machines only when full
Eliminate nonessential uses such as rinsing driveways and sidewalks
Customers set a peak usage in August of 2007 when 59.4 million gallons were used. For July of 2012, the daily usage is approximately 50 million gallons.
CU provides water to 80,000 customers in the Springfield area.