Updated: Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012, 10:44 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012, 10:44 PM EDT
VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - Saying the drought has put Indiana in uncharted territory state officials issue a water shortage warning.
Homeland Security officials issued the warning calling for communities to encourage water conservation efforts.
Vincennes may have been hit as hard as any community by drought, but local officials have no plans to put restrictions on water usage.
Almost 6 million gallons of water is being used in Vincennes everyday.
The city utility has no restrictions on its 30,000 customers.
The state's declaration of a water shortage warning did not fall on deaf ears.
It's just the community does not have a water problem.
"We're paying close attention to all of our infrastructure, our pumps, valves, and so forth, our electrical componetry that runs all this, but at this time and things could change, but at this time Vincennes is in pretty good shape," said Vincennes Water Utilities Superintendent Kirk Bouchie.
The drought is having an impact on the Vincennes Water operations.
Officials say they are pumping 70 percent more water than normal, but because the water is coming out of the ground, out of an aquifer, they're able to meet the demand without any problems.
"We don't feel it would be appropriate to go out to our customers and tell them you can't do this and you can't do that when we have the supply," said Bouchie.
State officials say the conservation efforts are aimed at saving dwindling water supplies in reservoirs and rivers, something this community hasn't worried about for 60 years.
"Since 1950 Vincennes has pulled water out of the aquifer, 50 to 100 feet below the the surface here and that is a real advantage right now," said Bouchie.
An advantage that has the water flowing despite one of the worst droughts to hit this area in the last 100 years.
State officials have begun contacting businesses that use 100,000 gallons of water a day, calling for them to cut usage by 10 to 15 percent.
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