The City of Georgetown is making a special request to water customers to limit unnecessary outdoor water use for the next 10 days. With temperatures forecast to be above 100 degrees in that time period, the utility expects peak demand on the water treatment and distribution system.
This week, Georgetown Utility Systems crews repaired a motor to a high-service booster pump at the water treatment plant on the south end of Georgetown. This is indicative of the effect of high demand on mechanical equipment from the sustained extreme heat. Reducing unnecessary outdoor water use can help to ensure that the system can continue to meet peak demand during this period of very hot weather.
Irrigation on Mondays is not permitted. After typically high demand on weekend days, Mondays are used to replenish the supply in storage tanks.
Other measures in the next 10 days can help, such as:
- Avoid refilling a swimming pool or spa.
- Avoid washing a vehicle at home. A commercial car wash can more efficiently use and recycle water.
- Avoid power-washing a deck, fence, or driveway.
- Reduce hand-watering of lawns. (Watering potted plants does not need to be curtailed.)
- For homeowners with automatic irrigation systems, consider decreasing the time for each watering zone by three to five minutes.
- Use a broom to sweep sidewalks, driveways, and patios instead of using a water hose.
For more ideas on wise water use, go to conservation.georgetown.org/water-conservation.