Water restrictions appear to be doing the job

The warning signs and images of low water are disheartening, but Citizens Water believes mandatory water conservation efforts are working.

“We're pleased with the efforts people are making to stop lawn watering. A 40 million gallon decrease a day--that's a lot of water,” said Sarah Holsapple of Citizens Energy.

Last week, Citizens customers were using about 200 million gallons of water a day. After the restrictions, that dropped to 160 million gallons.

“That’s really good news. A huge drop in water usage is really going to help our system,” Holsapple said.

The biggest water supplier has been Morse Reservoir, which is attached to Citizens Water’s two largest treatment facilities. Morse holds six billion gallons of water when it’s full. Right now, the company wants to give it a break.

“We're going to begin shortly pulling six million additional gallons from Geist and stop pulling that from Morse,” Holsapple said.

As of Tuesday, reservoir levels were all below normal, with Morse the lowest at six feet and Geist Reservoir at two feet. Even though it looks like both are shrinking, they hold billions of gallons of water.

“We're not in a situation where we feel like Indianapolis is going to run out of water. We do hope that it rains. We do want people to conserve," Holsapple said. “It would be inaccurate to say this wasn't a severe situation. We are watching and monitoring everything very closely every day."

Matt Potts, the marina manager at Geist, is also keeping a close eye on the situation.

“I'm guessing it's going to start dropping closer to an inch a day if we don't get any rain,” Potts said.

He’s telling boaters who live on the water and those who use the Marina to pay attention and use extra caution.

“Just stay in the middle part of the lake. Don't go too close to the shoreline where it's shallow."


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