(WASHINGTON) - Washington Mayor Joe Wellman says there's a voluntary water conservation effort in effect for the city.
Water Superintendent Charlie Kane says current usage is what the department usually sees in August, so if there's no relief soon, there could be a water shortage later.
By beginning to conserve water now, any potential problem later in the summer could be avoided. Kane says he's monitoring the city's wells every other day and knows at what depth the city should become concerned.
The city council voted to give Wellman authority to extend the conservation effort or to make it mandatory if necessary.
The mayor and water superintendent suggested simply cutting back on water usage rather than eliminating usage. They also recommended watering plants during the cooler hours of the day so the moisture doesn't immediately evaporate, and to do double-duty with water.
For example, if a car must be washed, do it on the lawn, so the grass is watered at the same time.
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