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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The ongoing drought and weeks of
extreme heat have drawn down water supplies and cities across the
state are asking their residents to conserve.
Some cities are issuing pleas to limit watering the grass, washing
cars and filling swimming pools, while others have restricted the
times when residents can use water outdoors.
Officials in Franklin and Portland are serious about the water
restrictions they've imposed. Crews in Franklin, a Nashville suburb,
shut off service to five homeowners this week for violating the
restrictions placed on the city's 17,000 water customers.
"I think that some people aren't...taking it seriously. It's the
old adage that 'it's OK if I do it,'" Franklin City Administrator Jay
Johnson said. "When (thousands of) people do it, it does matter."
If Franklin's water situation worsens, the next step the city may
take would include banning restaurants from serving water unless
patrons ask for it specifically. It also would reduce how much water
could be used at car washes and laundries.
Franklin homeowners who get caught -- and get their water cut off
-- must pay a $25 reconnection fee, sign a statement saying they will
follow the water regulations in the future and get approval from the
city's aldermen to get service restored.
City officials in Portland, about 30 miles north of Nashville,
said they may start imposing hefty fines if water customers don't
start complying with restrictions.
In Selmer, 80 miles east of Memphis, residents are facing a drop
in water pressure because of the strain on their system.
"One area was using a lot more water than we could pump to the
tank," Selmer Utilities Superintendent Benny Moore said.
In nearby Adamsville, the utility company has pipes bursting
because of shifting dry ground. Compared to last year, the Adamsville
utility, which serves 3,500 customers, has been pumping 200,000 to
300,000 more gallons of water per day -- about half the volume of an
Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Maryville, 15 miles south of Knoxville, is buying water from
Blount County's water utility as its water supply is flowing at
historic lows. City officials said they had only seen a "very slight"
decrease in water consumption after urging residents to voluntarily
At the Fort Campbell Army post along the Kentucky-Tennessee
border, officials said basic water needs are being met, but residents
are being asked to do without nonessential uses like washing cars,
filling pools or watering lawns.
Officials say the water shortage is not affecting training for the
101st Airborne Division.
Nashville recently recorded its 14th day of 100 degrees or above
this month, the most recorded in any month for the city.
The hot weather has been cited in 13 deaths in Shelby County and
one in Wilson County.
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