The Town of Woodbury is officially under a voluntary water restriction, effective Tuesday (July 3) at 7:30 p.m.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously implemented “Phase I” of its Drought Management Plan, approved by the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. It serves as a voluntary restriction as the area water supply continues to dwindle. Mayor Harold Patrick said the Town of Woodbury is currently purchasing water from CUD to service the Bradyville area and that could be cut off at any time.
“It is a serious issue and it continues to become a more serious issue with temperatures in the 100 (degrees), extremely dry conditions and no considerable rain in the foreseeable future,” Patrick told the Board of Aldermen. “This is becoming very serious.”
The board agreed and voted unanimously to approve the implementation of a voluntary water restriction. The next step would be a mandatory water restriction.
The Board has suggested measures to assist in decreased water usage.
If the last digit of your address is an even number, the Board suggests you use Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for non-essential watering. If your address ends with an odd number you should use Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for non-essential watering.
Following are helpful hints for water conservation:
> Take a 5-minute show instead of a bath (Save 20-30 gallons of water).
> When brushing your teeth, use a full glass of water to rinse instead of running the faucet the entire time. (Save three gallons of water per brushing).
> Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the faucet until the water temperature cools. (Save 2 gallons of water per drink).
> Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they are full. (Save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month).
> Don’t waste water hosing down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom or a leaf blower.
> Only water outdoors during the early morning or late evening hours. This reduces the amount of water you lose through evaporation.
> Check all faucets, pipes and toilets periodically for leaks. Repair all leaks promptly.
> Wash your car at a commercial car wash. This uses two-thirds less water than you would by washing your car at home.
>Always use a nozzle on your outdoor hose that can shut off the water flow between uses.
>Be a good citizen. When you see leaks in fire hydrants or other places, please report them right away by calling your local water department at 615-563-4221.