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Residents Asked to Conserve Water this Holiday Weekend!

05/24/2019

Record Breaking Heat Wave Forces Need to Conserve Water in Clayton this Holiday!
Please DO NOT Water Your Lawn this Weekend!

The heat is ON...with possible record-breaking temperatures on tap for the Memorial Day weekend. 

When it's hot and dry, we all tend to use a LOT more water - watering the lawn and garden more, taking more showers because we get hot and sweaty outside. But all of that excessive water use demand has put a strain on Johnston County’s supply of treated water supply...a supply that doesn't replenish magically or instantly. Clayton is reliant on the county’s water supply to serve all of our customers. 

That's why the Town of Clayton is joining Johnston County in calling for EVERYONE to conserve water through Monday so that we can ensure reliable drinking water for everyone. 

Town and county leaders are STRONGLY encouraging you NOT to water your lawn with sprinklers or in-ground irrigation this weekend. Please also consider conserving when turning on your taps and faucets. Check out the easy tips below to conserve in small ways…every drop counts! 

Voluntarily doing these things NOW will help prevent MANDATORY conservation in the coming days as the extreme hot, dry weather continues. Mandatory conservation can come with fines and could severely limit water use for everyone. 

The National Weather Service reports that hot, dry weather will linger across the southeastern quarter of the United States for the next several days, producing record high temperatures through the weekend into the middle of next week. High temperatures will be well into the 80s along the immediate coast and well into the 90s inland, with a few spots reaching 100-degrees by Wednesday of next week. Heat Index values Sunday through Tuesday will be around 95-100 degrees, and 100-105 degrees Tuesday through Thursday.

Help us conserve to ensure our a reliable water supply with these easy tips: 
•    Take a five minute shower instead of a 10 minute one.
•    Turn your bathroom faucet off when brushing your teeth or shaving.
•    Use washing machines for full loads only.
•    Run the dishwasher only when full.
•    When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. If you can, fill one sink basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
•    Install an aerator on your kitchen faucet to reduce flow to less than 1 gallon per minute.
•    Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Alternatively, you can compost vegetable food waste and save gallons of water every time.
•    Install low-flow shower heads.

Here is the News Release from our partners in Johnston County: 

Smithfield, NC-- The Johnston County Department of Utilities respectfully requests customer cooperation to ensure reliable water supply for Memorial Day Weekend. Due to hot dry weather conditions, irrigation usage in the County has created above normal water demands. All residential in-ground irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers should be suspended from use Saturday, May 25th through Monday, May 27th. We also ask that customers employ voluntary water conservation measures to limit water use.

Please visit our website at jcutil.com for the year-round water conservation policy and water conservation suggestions. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation.

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