Water Conservation Tips

A water shortage watch is issued by the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet on June 15, 2007.

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities has been watching the river stages of the Barren River. Currently it's seven-and-a-half feet below summer pool.

Now, the majority of our area is being asked to voluntarily cut back on water usage.

"They can water their lawns less frequently. Also, we ask them to wash full loads of clothing. Also whenever they run their dishwasher - make sure it's full - taking showers instead of baths," said Miles McDaniel, with BGMU.

BGMU treats an average of 16 million gallons of water a day.

There are some businesses where it's difficult to cut back on water, like nurseries.

Now that the area is in a drought, the plants are soaking up any water they can get.

"The sun is too hot on it, so it curls it's leaves up to cut down on transpiration - but tonight those leaves will open back up when it's dark," caretaker, Claude Threlkeld said.

Threlkeld said plants that are in the ground can get by without being watered for a couple of days.

However, plants in containers, like those in the nursery have to be watered at least once a day.

"We sometimes have to water three times a day," Threlkeld said.

"We would probably start putting things under more shade grouping them together - that sort of thing - putting them in bigger pots, so we won't have to water them often," Threlkeld said.

If a mandatory conservation of water is issued, Threlkeld said businesses that depend on the liquid are usually allowed to use water during certain times of the day.

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