Customers in the Sequatchie Valley District are being asked to voluntarily conserve water. (Photo: MGNOnline)

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

This request is for customers in Whitwell, Powell's Crossroads, and portions of Marion and Sequatchie counties. 

This summer's extreme drought—the fifth-driest summer on record—has caused a decrease in the Sequatchie River's flow level. 

"This conservation measure to limit nonessential water use is part of a coordinated effort of several water utilities in the Sequatchie Valley region to share resources and ensure continued drinking water services," Michael Griffith, supervisor for the Tennessee American Water Sequatchie Valley Water System, said in a prepared statement. "We are continuing to monitor the Sequatchie River."

Those in the Suck Creek District have also been asked to conserve water. 

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