Preserve Water or It Could Cost You

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

The Barren River water level is the lowest it's been in 50-years.

Bowling Green and Warren County officials have declared a water shortage alert.

Due to the lack of rain, they're asking everyone to conserve.

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities says to stop car and driveway washing, filling swimming pools, filling fountains and watering lawns.

BGMU says addresses ending with an odd number can use excess water on Tuesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's.

Addresses ending with an even number are allowed to use extra water on Wednesday's, Friday's and Sunday's.

No one is allowed to use excess water on Monday's.

If you're caught breaking this policy, you could be fined but some are having a tough time dealing with the policy.

Larry Keown loves his plants. He says they're like his pets.

"Do you see these plants, how dry they are? They love their water. These Crepe Myrtles here, they're from Mississippi. They do better in the South so we'd thought we'd try them here," Keown said.

Larry lost them to the spring freeze, but they came back and he's not about to let the drought get them.

"Most people this time of year would just say to heck with it, we'll start again next year," Keown explained.

He waters his plants as much as possible, but understands the importance of the water alert.

"If you don't have some sort of rule, people will abuse the environment and the water," Keown added.

But, Larry doesn't think it will work.

"I'm probably going to water double today because there is no chance of rain." Keown admitted.

Larry's address ends with an odd number so Thursday's are one of his days to water.

So, he's making up for the days he's not allowed.

"What I try to do is try and give it a good soaking and it takes a lot. Like I said, those trees up there are going to just soak the water up," he said.

If you're caught watering on the wrong day, it may cost you $250 and your neighbors may be the ones turning you in.

Bowling Green Police say they've received several calls about the water shortage, but they're not cracking down yet.

"There needs to be things done from the top, not by the user. Maybe plan way ahead on our water supply," Keown said.

He added that as long as he's allowed to water his plants on the odd days, they'll be fine.

"If you come back this time next year, you'll probably see double what's here now," Keown said.

The alert went into effect Aug. 7 and will last until further notice.

BGMU says if the water shortage gets worse, they'll announce a water emergency and ask the Army Corps of Engineers to release water from the dam into the Barren River.


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