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Residents asked to limit water usage due to drought conditions

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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is asking residents to temporarily limit the amount of water used for non-essential purposes in counties that are facing extreme drought conditions.

Residents who receive water from the following public utilities are asked to limit usage until drought conditions subside: 

  • Fall Creek Falls Utility District - Van Buren County
  • Pikeville Water System - Bledsoe County
  • Dunlap Water System - Sequatchie County
  • Cagel-Fredonia Utility District - Sequatchie County
  • TN American Sequatchie Valley Water System - Marion County
  • Griffith Creek Utility District - Marion County
  • Big Creek Utility District - Grundy County
  • Tracy City Water System - Grundy County
  • Monteagle Public Utility Board - Grundy County
  • Sewanee Utility District - Franklin County

Officials say many of these public water systems are experiencing difficulties in meeting customer demands, but they have been coordinating efforts to share resources to ensure continued drinking water services.

Non-essential water uses include:

  • watering of lawns, gardens, trees, shrubs, etc.
  • watering of athletic fields
  • washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, patios, or any other hard surfaces except for sanitary or safety purposes
  • non-commercial and commercial washing of motor vehicles, trailers or boats
  • use of water for dust control or construction compaction
  • firefighter training.

For more tips on how to conserve water in your home, visit these websites.

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