The heat has somewhat subsided but central Indiana has yet to receive a much-needed rain. As a result, water reserves are running low and town officials are scrambling to make sure there is sufficient water for necessities.
Brownsburg, Avon, and Pittsboro town officials have all declared water emergencies. Plainfield officials say they are monitoring the issue closely but aren’t having any problems at this time.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday declared 36 Indiana counties as “natural disaster areas,” qualifying them for federal assistance. While Hendricks did not make the list of hardest hit counties, officials are continuing to closely monitor the situation.
Brownsburg officials issued a voluntary request for water conservation in mid-June and announced on Thursday that they were issuing a mandatory restriction on the use of water for non-essential purposes, including a ban on lawn watering. The restrictions will be implemented July 16 and will apply to all Brownsburg municipal water customers.
The mandatory watering ban will be in effect until the amount of rainfall and cooler temperatures allow Brownsburg’s water towers to maintain adequate levels.
An exception will be allowed for businesses that rely on water, such as nurseries and car washes, and Brownsburg School’s in-season athletic fields. The town will also allow limited watering of flowers, vegetable gardens, trees younger than 5 years old, and recently installed sod. Customers are asked to water those only by container or hand-held hose with a shutoff nozzle.
“While we’ve seen some improvement from the voluntary conservation request, there is very little chance for significant rain in the next two weeks and our water towers are nearing levels that raise concern,” Brownsburg Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz said. “The mandatory water restrictions are necessary now to maintain proper water pressure for customers and firefighting activities.”