Citizens Energy Group recommends people conserve the amount of water they use now to help prevent water restrictions later if drought conditions continue.
Currently, they are pulling water from two reservoirs and the central canal. While it did rain in some areas Thursday, it has not made a significant impact.
Holsapple said recently, 40 percent of the amount of water used was to irrigate lawns. She said that equaled about 88 million gallons of water used on lawns.
The department has not issued restrictions, but Holsapple said they have been giving out suggestions. She said they have been for several months, anticipating there would not be too much rain.
“We knew there was a dry summer forecasted and so we wanted to try to get ahead of that,” Holsapple said.
Citizens Energy Group recommends people water their lawn between 4 to 7a.m. or after 9 p.m. once a week.
“What we don’t want to see is people watering their lawn at noon when the water is going to evaporate anyway,” Holsapple said.
If you have a garden, Citizens Energy Group asks people to be conservative, watering as well. Holsapple said the department is hopeful people will change their watering habits, in order to prevent restrictions being issued later on.
“If we don’t get any rain for several more weeks (and) if water usage continues to stay at a level that it is, we can potentially go into the second tier, which is where we could be asking for voluntary restrictions,” Holsapple said.
Steve Priller who lives in Indianapolis and has a garden in his backyard said he has been watering his garden twice a day for 30 minutes each time. He said he made that decision three to four weeks ago because it has not rained.
“In the past, (I) watered once or twice a week because we’ve always had rain before. This has been rather bad this year,” Priller said.
Priller said he would not like to see water restrictions, but if it got to that point he would prefer staggered days.
“If they say 'no water', I’m going to go to that swimming pool over there and drain it and put it on my garden. He wouldn’t care much for that,” Priller laughed.
According to Holsapple, they have been working with experts at Purdue University and irrigation experts who have said an inch of water once a week is plenty for your grass.