Lake area residents asked to minimize water usage

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The City of Lake Charles Water Division and the Board of Directors and Management of Water District #4 are asking residents to voluntarily conserve water whenever possible.

Due to the extended period of no rain and near drought, water usage in the lake has increased substantially.

"It does significantly effect the water system and how we operate," said Russell Buckels, Superintendent of the Water Division for the City of Lake Charles. "We're experiencing heavy water pumping because of the near drought situation."

According to the City of Lake Charles, the usage of water has increased 2 to 3 million gallons per day over the normal average for this time of year.

Residents in Lake Charles are asked to use their water only in the early morning and late evening hours.

Watering between the hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. are curtailed as this is the hottest part of the day when evaporation is greatest.

"It's also good if residents can let their lawns grow longer and not cut as often," said Buckels. "That protects the lawns during the drought situation without watering them as much."

The water division also urges residents to reduce water usage indoors and to check for any leaks in their faucets and toilets.

"A small leak in your toilet can equal a big change in your water usage over a period of time," said Buckels.

While these guidelines are only voluntary, Buckels said that if rain does not come soon then mandatory guidelines could be on the way.

"There are places that do have mandatory days that you can water your lawn," said Buckels. "We don't anticipate that but it could come to that if the drought situation became severe enough."

Water consumers living outside of the city limits of Westlake in Water District #4 are urged to adhere to the following schedule for outside watering:

Even-numbered addresses: MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY

Odd-numbered addresses: TUESDAY, THURSDAY, AND SATURDAY

Residents outside of Westlake are also asked not to water on Sundays.

The sudden increase in water pumping and distribution is causing intermittent periods of discolored or rusty water.

If you experience problems with your water, customers can contact the City of Lake Charles Water Division at (337) 491-1479.

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.