Tennessee American Water is asking some area residents to voluntarily conserve water. (Photo: MGNOnline)

Tennessee American Water customers in the Suck Creek District are asked to voluntarily conserve water usage for nonessential purposes until further notice.

This summer’s extreme drought-the fifth-driest summer on record-has caused a decrease in the well capacity at the Suck Creek water plant, which provides two-thirds of the water to the 250 customers in the district. The remaining one-third is provided by a connection with Walden’s Ridge Utility District, which purchases its water through Hixson Utility District.

The voluntary conservation measures by Suck Creek customers will limit additional demand on Walden’s Ridge Utility District and the Hixson Utility District.

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“This is only a precautionary measure as we continue to monitor the main source for Suck Creek,” Kevin Kruchinski, Tennessee American Water director of operations, said in a prepared statement. “We have access to additional water for Suck Creek through our connection with Walden’s Ridge Utility District. We want to share with the community conservation practices, as we are seeing drought conditions throughout the region.”

Tips for conserving water indoors:

  • Shorten showers (seven to 10 minutes, tops)
  • Turn off water while brushing teeth
  • Run only full loads in dishwasher
  • Adjust load size on washing machine according to its contents
  • Check toilets for leaks
  • Rinse produce in basin rather than under running water

Tips for conserving water outdoors:

  • Use a broom (not a hose) for cleaning patios, sidewalks and driveways
  • Cover pools and spas to reduce evaporation
  • Avoid washing cars, trailers and boats
  • Water lawns/plants only when needed, and only in early morning or late afternoon to combat evaporation
  • Use a hose spray nozzle with a shut-off valve
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