Tennessee American Water is asking that residents inLookout Valley, St. Elmo and Lookout Mountain temporarily restrict their water usage after a contractor with another utility hit a 24-inch main that supplies those areas.
“Working safely for the sake of our community, our employees and the contractors is our first and foremost priority,” Director of Operations KevinKruchinskisaid in a prepared statement. “Limiting nonessential water use for this area of Hamilton County is a temporary measure only to help the impacted area have water until the repair is complete.”
It’s unclear how long the repair will take, but a large section of the concrete pipe will need to be replaced-so it might not be a quick fix, a spokeswoman said.
Nonessential water uses include:
- Watering of lawns, gardens, trees, shrubs, athletic fields, etc.
- Washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, patios, or any other hard surfaces except for sanitary or safety purposes
- Noncommercial washing of motor vehicles, trailers or boats
- Use of water for dust control or construction compaction
- Firefighting training
Tips for conserving water include the following:
-Shorten showers to less than 10 minutes.
-Turn off the water while brushing teeth.
-Run only full loads in your dishwasher.
-Rinse produce in a basin rather than under running water.
-Adjust the water level on your washing machine to match the size of your load.
-Check your toilets for leaks.
-Use a broom, not a hose, for cleaning patios, sidewalks and driveways.
-Cover your pool or spa to reduce evaporation.
-Use a spray nozzle with a shut-off valve on your hose.