Walker puts emergency water conservation order into effect
WALKER - City officials requested Thursday afternoon that residents receiving water service from the City of Walker take steps to conserve water as soon as possible.
Customers are asked to use water only when necessary at this time as the city places its Emergency Water Conservation Plan into effect.
According to city operations, water production is limited as a piece of equipment failed, meaning only two wells are currently pumping. The limited number of pumps will provide enough pressure to begin refilling the water tank tonight. Normal levels are expected to be reached by tomorrow morning, according to the mayor's office.
The precautionary order to conserve water was issued to ensure water pressure levels do not fall to a level considered by the Department of Environmental Quality to be a hazard.
All water customers and users are asked to discontinue or minimize water use for non-essential purposes such as the following:
-Irrigation of lawns and landscaped areas
-Use of water to wash down sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots or other paved areas
-Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection
-Use of water for dust control
-Use of water for washing vehicles or flushing gutters
-Operation of any ornamental fountains or ponds except where necessary to support aquatic life
For a map of the affected areas, click here.
The mayor's office said the part that failed was inspected last month. Last year, the city council approved the construction of a 500,000 gallon water tower to replace the existing tower.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Tales of paranormal activity surrounding the Old State Capitol
The Louisiana Red Cross gives out free smoke alarms in two neighborhoods
LSU to wear uniforms saluting fallen WWI heroes Saturday
Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1 billion ahead of Friday drawing
Power restored in downtown Baton Rouge after electrical fire causes hours-long outage