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

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.

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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.

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