Alcoa, Maryville, Tuckaleechee utility customers asked to conserve water

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ALCOA (WATE) – Customers of the City of Alcoa, City of Maryville and Tuckaleechee utility districts are being asked to conserve water due to less than normal water flow in the Little River.

A release from the City of Alcoa Utility District says lower than normal rainfall and continued high temperatures have affected the water flow in the Little River and the long-term rainfall outlook is not favorable for immediate and long term relief.

“The hot summer really helped make things worse,” said Patricia Tipton with the city of Alcoa.

Customers of those three utility districts are being asked to water their lawns no more than twice a week and only from 8 p.m. to midnight, operate irrigation systems manually, water only when grass and plants begin to show signs of distress, evaluating your irrigation system for water use efficiency, collecting rainwater to water plants, not hosing off driveways and sidewalks, and minimizing water use for washing cars.

“We’re going to try to keep it the same, but also we have to watch out and not waste as much as we used to do,” said Al Montes who owns King’s Auto Detail.

The utilities are working to operate interconnections with other utilities and operate an auxiliary raw water line to provide additional water.

More online: River flow and drought information

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