Hot Temperatures Affect City Water Supply

By: Forrest Sanders Email
By: Forrest Sanders Email

Above normal temperatures, a lack of rainfall and record low river levels.

That's the summer of 2007 and the Bowling Green Municipal Utility is feeling how the heat's affected the city's water supply.

Now, they're requiring residents to ration the water while the drought continues.

It's a serene scene at Barren River, but members of the Bowling Green Municipal Utility are quick to point out this river is experiencing its lowest level of water flow in 50-years.

It's been a rocky summer for the BGMU, so starting now they're entering a water shortage alert stage.

"Basically, we're asking for our customers to conserve. It starts with our customers and we need their help," said Miles McDaniel, manager of business development and marketing at Bowling Green Municipal Utilities.

But because the water level isn't measuring up, this call for help is mandatory for city and county residents.

Odd numbered homes are required to limit their outside watering to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Even numbered homes are limited to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

No watering is permitted on Mondays.

"For the city of Bowling Green, the Bowling Green Police Dept. will be enforcing this. And for Warren County, it'll be the sheriff's department," McDaniel explained.

The BGMU says the water rationing will be a huge help in the summer's water shortage.

But they add, there are plenty of small steps residents can take to further help their cause.

"Make sure you're running full loads of clothes in your washing machine and full loads in dishes. Take showers instead of baths--these are some small things that could go a long way," McDaniel added.

BGMU also wants to remind residents to keep outside watering to a minimum.

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