The ongoing drought has caused some local communities to look at water restrictions, though none have come in Hopkinsville or Christian County.
The Clarksville Gas and Water Utility began with voluntary restrictions, but switched to mandatory ones Friday after the requests did nothing to reduce demand. Residents of Clarksville are now banned from washing their vehicles at home, but car washes may continue operating.
Clarksville residents can still water their yard and gardens at any time with a garden hose, but must do so between 8pm and 4am if they are using a more sophisticated type of irrigation system or sprinklers.
Elsewhere, Muhlenberg County water officials have asked residents to conserve water in any way possible, though restrictions there are only voluntary for now. A statement from Judge-Executive Rick Newman says he is asking residents to conserve while lower river levels are making it hard to keep up with high demand. He says the water company there is looking into tying in with other counties’ systems to meet demand.
Todd County Magistrate Alfred Blake said Friday that the Todd-Logan Water District set a record for demand Thursday when 6-million gallons of water went through the pipes, though that utility has not issued any restrictions.