EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) – The city of Edwardsville has issued a phase 1 voluntary water conservation order has a precautionary measure to help maintain water quality standards due to the recent drought.
Starting Wednesday at 7 a.m., residents are asked to reduce their consumption of water by at least 50 percent to ensure no strain is put on water treatment and supply systems.
The city has more than enough water, but the demand for water is so high that the city's water plant is running 24/7 and equipment could be pushed to the breaking point. In the last few days, the daily amount of water processed at the plant has jumped 43% over an average day in May.
The areas affected by the order include all Edwardsville water customers, the Village of Glen Carbon, the Northeast Central Public Water District and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
City officials say residents can do a few things to conserve water, including avoiding watering gardens or lawns during the day and using dishwashers and washing machines only when full.