WaterOne institutes alternate watering to alleviate high demand

OLATHE, Kan. - More than 15,000 south Johnson County, Kan., WaterOne customers are being asked to alternate their outdoor watering following high early-summer demand.

The group of customers, generally south of 127th Street to the Miami County line, are asked – but not required – to limit their outdoor watering to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays if their house number ends in an even number, and to Tuesdays, Thursdays and the weekends if their house number ends in an odd number.

WaterOne spokesperson Mandy Cawby said the utility issued the alert Monday night.

Although the spring and summer of 2012 were far drier than the similar time period this year, Cawby says high demand – and not the drought – have drown down reservoirs typically used to service southern Johnson County.

Cawby says the Monday night's alert does not amount to official restrictions on water, but that utility officials are hoping to leave untouched the reservoirs that are used to ensure proper function of city hydrants and other public safety uses.

"We've got more than enough water to meet demand," Cawby said.

More information about the alternate watering schedule is available on WaterOne's website .

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