WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The state of Indiana is asking customers to conserve water.
It's just a voluntary request, but it's expected to make a big difference.
The requests came in one water company after another, and asked customers to cut back on their use.
Local water companies said it might not feel like much, but every little bit helps.
"We're at the lowest level of the warning on there, where it is advised and they're requesting people to take 10 to 15 percent water reduction," West Terre Haute Water Works' Ron Stevens said.
The average household uses 4,000 gallons of water each month. 10 percent of that is 400 gallons. It may not sound like much, but the water companies are asking for help.
"The more we conserve now, if it ever came to a crisis, it's a lot easier to conserve today than it is to go out and try to find new water sources later," Stevens explained.
"There's things inside the house you can do like checking for leaks. Some of the tiny drops that leak from a toilet over a 24 hour period can really add up," Stevens said.
"If you're filling up buckets and watering the plants but letting the garden hose run down the driveway."
Some other ideas include:
- Avoid filling up pools,
- power washing your property, and
- washing your car.
"Be mindful of how you water, and how you use the water."
Companies are only asking for voluntary conservation as of now, but that could change.
"If that level escalates then the state may require us to take more action."
For now, water officials remind everyone that this isn't the time to stand out.
"You don't always have to have the cleanest car on the block or the greenest grass. We're all going through the same thing at the same time."
The idea of all of this is to make sure water is constantly available, especially for things like fire emergencies.
Even fire departments are cutting back on maintenance that requires lots of water.
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