Posted: Jun 8, 2011 10:46 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 8, 2011 10:46 AM
LIVINGSTON - Rural water users in Livingston Parish are using more than 10 million gallons of water each day to combat drought, so officials are asking them to be careful when they use it.
Preston Killcrease, manager of the Ward 2 Water District, said the water usage in his area is twice as high as it was last year. The system is keeping up with the demand so far, but as the summer heats up he's worried it will lead to a drop in water pressure.
"If this drought continues, we anticipate an even greater spike in consumption. At that time, it will be important that customers work with us to cut back on watering their lawns or to do so during the non-peak hours," Killcrease said.
People living in the district, which includes a large rural area around Denham Springs and Watson, are asked to set automatic lawn sprinklers to go off between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Killcrease said that's when water pressure is the highest, and also the best time to water lawns according to landscape architects.
People who manually water their lawns are asked to do so between 5 a.m. and noon, before the evening hours when water consumption is highest.
The district has 14 water wells and six storage towers right now, and has plans to add four new wells and four extra storage tanks over the next year in anticipation of more residential growth.
"In addition to being the state's largest rural water district, we have been one of the state's fastest growing systems," he said.