Some area residents are asked to conserve water while crews repair a pipe. (Photo: MGNOnline)

Tennessee American Water is asking that residents in Lookout 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 Kevin Kruchinski said 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.