La Vergne has joined a growing number of communities in Middle Tennessee asking residents to limit water use as the extreme heat and dry conditions continue.
Many of the area lakes and reservoirs are low and showing dry spots.
Greg Skinner, the city of La Vergne's Public Works Director, told Nashville's News 2, “We're at 486 and a little. [We] should be at 490.”
He continued, “If we get at 483 or below, we may be asking for enforcement, you know, some ordinance, to go into place where there again we're not only asking, but measuring customers both residential and industrial/commercial for compliance in a reduction call.
The city of La Vergne has asked people to conserve water for the past week.
To comply with the voluntary restrictions, residents in Rutherford County are urged to not wash vehicles, avoid watering lawns, take shorter showers and check for leaks in plumbing.
Skinner explained, “We don't normally have the challenge of getting water out to customers, but when the drought is here, it's made [things] more difficult because the demand is way up in summer, in the hot weather, versus any other time of year.”
The city said voluntary water restriction could become mandatory if conditions worsen.