FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Contact: Jeanette Klamm, utility programs manager, (785) 423-3379 OR David Corliss, city manager, (785) 832-3400
Drought conditions prompt reminder to use water wisely
(Lawrence, Kan.) – The severe drought impacting much of the middle of country is serving as a good reminder for City of Lawrence water customers to conserve water with best practices in the use of water.
“Lawrence benefits from having two separate sources of water for our public water supply – the Kansas River and Clinton Lake,” said David Corliss, city manager. “We also benefit from having strong water treatment and distribution infrastructure and dedicated city staff to operate and maintain this valuable system twenty-four hours a day. Yet the extreme heat and drought conditions we are experiencing should remind us to consider all water use wisely. Additionally, the State of Kansas has asked all water suppliers in the drought area to advise water customers to take voluntary measures now to hopefully avoid mandatory actions in the future.”
Although the city’s water production continues to meet the high demand, Lawrence recognizes the severity of the drought conditions and encourages our customers to use water wisely. The city will continue to monitor water demands, capacity and operations. We encourage water conservation measures through:
- Using a soaker hose to water plants more efficiently;
- Only watering landscaping and lawns at night;
- Avoiding hosing down outside areas such as sidewalks, patios, and driveways; and
- Limiting car washing at home or use commercial car washes that recycle water.
For a detailed look at the city’s Water Conservation Plan and additional wise watering tips, please visit www.lawrenceks.org/utilities/water_conservation.
- Taking short showers;
- Only washing full loads of dishes and clothes;
- Shut off the faucet while brushing teeth; and
- Repairing leaky toilets and faucets.
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