Southern Johnson County ask to conserve outdoor watering - KCTV5

Southern Johnson County WaterOne customers should conserve outdoor watering

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WaterOne is asking its customers in southern Johnson County to conserve outdoor watering due to extreme demand in the morning.

"Without cooperative action, this could cause low pressure problems in the South Booster and affect our ability to retain water reserves for fire suppression," according to a WaterOne news release.

The demand is peaking between 5 and 7 a.m. in southern portions of the county, particularly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The extreme demand is drawing down storage levels and maxing out distribution capacity faster than the reservoirs can recover.

As a result, an alternate outdoor watering schedule is in effect until further notice. The system is based on someone's house number.

"This is not a restriction by any means," Mandy Cawby of WaterOne explained. "You can use as much as you need to. This issue is about pumping capacity to get water down to the farthest reaches of our service area ... It's a smart thing and a green thing to help us produce water more efficiently."

Even house numbers can water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Odd house numbers can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the weekends.

"This is not yet a restriction. Customers can continue to use as much water as they need," the news release states. "We are asking for affected customers' voluntary cooperation to help WaterOne balance out demand by alternating the days of the week they water. With customers' help in the South Booster area, we can continue meeting their water needs both indoors and outdoors as well as maintain water reserves for public safety."

Cawby said the area is the farthest from the Kansas River, which WaterOne draws from. And many new homes are going up in the area.

"It just happens to be a quirk of human nature," Cawby said. "We see our biggest demand Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Most homeowners in our area have set their sprinklers to water those days. It probably coincides with the work week."

The system is working on projects to resolve the issue long term.

"There's plenty of water," Cawby said. "It's just a matter of balancing it out evenly throughout the week. The goal is to ensure we avoid low water pressure problems for our customers as well as maintain water reservoirs for public safety."

No other area of WaterOne's service is affected.

For more information including a detailed map of the affected area, click here.

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