News release from Missouri American Water:
Joplin, MO. (July 23, 2012) - Missouri American Water is asking all its' water customers in the Joplin Metro Area to voluntarily conserve water usage until further notice from the company.
Drought conditions have created challenges to water reserves. Shoal Creek, the main source of supply, is currently down a flow of 48 cubic feet per second according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) monitoring system. The normal flow this time of year is around 400 cubic feet per second.
"Missouri American Water is taking these proactive actions today to avoid taking additional measures to restrict water usage," said Matthew Barnhart, southwest operations manager. "If these conditions persist, there is a chance the restrictions may become mandatory."
Missouri American Water is asking residents to follow a defined outdoor watering schedule. Those persons with odd numbered street addresses water only on odd calendar days. Those with even numbered street addresses water only on even calendar days. Missouri American Water is also asking residents to avoid watering during the peak demand hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Residents are also being asked to assist in the report of water leaks in their neighborhoods by notifying the customer service center at 1-866-430-0820.
Tips from Missouri American Water to help customers use water wisely during the voluntary water restrictions:
The voluntary restrictions will be lifted when there are changing weather conditions.
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