The Missouri American Water Co. on Tuesday will call for stronger voluntary water conservation steps by its Joplin area customers.
Christie Barnhart, external affairs manager for the water company, told the Joplin City Council on Monday night that the company’s earlier request for voluntary conservation has not curtailed water use. The company on July 23 asked that customers cut back on the use of water and to stagger the use of lager amounts of water. That entails people with even-numbered addresses watering yards and trees only on even-numbered days and odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered dates rather than every day.
The company is continuing to see the same amount of water used as before that request, Barnhart said. The company’s primary water source is Shoal Creek. “The creek’s levels are still critically low,” despite some rain that fell over the weekend, Barnhart told the council.
If the drought continues and the creek level continues to fall, “we may have to go to mandatory conservation” later, Barnhart said.
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