Written by Denice Pelster, Meteorologist - bio | email
BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -
Lack of rain and hot weather has prompted the eastern Iowa town of Asbury to ask people to limit water use. With little chance of rain the next few weeks and 45 percent of the state in moderate or worse drought conditions, it may be time to start thinking of ways to conserve water.
"One of the simplest ways people can conserve water at home is to make sure you are using low flow shower heads and low flow faucets. They make a huge difference in the amount of water that you use just in your daily activities. And if you are replacing items in your home such as a dishwasher or clothes washer, today there are high efficiency, both in terms of energy use and water use, units available so that dishwasher and clothes washer will use less water," said Betty Zeman, Marketing Manager at Cedar Falls Utilities.
Zeman says Cedar Falls Utilities has seen an increase in water usage the past few days.
"In terms of water use right now, it is running ahead of last year and towards the top of the ten year average for water use in Cedar Falls. We have had a couple of days this week where we've used nine million gallons of water in the community and that's compared to the peak use on this day last year at about seven million," said Zeman.
One reason for the water spike is watering of lawns. Experts say if you must water your lawn, the best time is sometime between 4 am and 9 am for many different reasons.
"There are three main reasons you're going to want to water that early. One to eliminate the amount of evaporation so you're making maximum use of the amount of water you're applying. Two, you want the plants to go through the day hydrated. And three, you don't want to have disease set in. If you water in the evening or at night that's a prime time for mold and disease to get in and take over your plant," said Heidi Tietz De Silva of Petersen and Tietz Florists.
Zeman and geologist say that aquifer levels are still great across the area and they expect little effect on water supply across Iowa. But if rain stays away for a few more week, we may start to see more communities issue water restrictions.
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