Residents asked to space out water usage during heat wave

A spokesperson with SUB says water usage spikes during summer months.

Posted: Jul. 11, 2018 7:10 PM
Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 7:14 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- As the heat wave approaches, Springfield Utility Board is asking people to space out their water usage.

Meredith Clark, a spokesperson with SUB, said water usage spikes during summer months. She said they saw their water usage spike up to 19 million gallons on Monday.

Clark said SUB does have the capacity to handle excessive water usage, but they want people to do their part too.

"We like to ask people to do one water task at a time," Clark said. "That is essentially when you get up in the morning, when you have 10 things you need to do that include water including watering your lawn, doing your dishes, taking a shower, scatter those throughout the day and that really helps us across the day. It's very helpful."

Clark said SUB is not worried about strains on the electric grid because winter is when they see the highest usage for that.

When it comes to to things like watering your lawn, Clark recommends measuring your usage with green grass gauges. She said you can pick one up for free at SUB, EWEB or any garden center.

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