Baines said tanks at Leeville Pike and Old Rome Pike hold three million gallons each and they feed all other tanks in the system. According to Baines, the supply in those tanks has been dwindling.
They were falling to 50 percent on those tanks, Baines said.
A memo issued by Baines to the City Council showed the tank on Leeville Pike, which has a peak elevation of 35 feet, had 28 feet of water on July 2. Also, the Old Rome Pike tank, which can hold up to 57 feet of water, had only 21 feet on July 2.
Since then, those levels have increased to 31 feet on Leeville Pike and 37 feet in the Old Rome Pike tank. Baines said the brief rain the city received yesterday allowed citizens to use less water with irrigation or washing cars and helped restore those tanks.
Weve been pumping around 10 or 11 million gallons per day, Baines said, adding the city had pumped at 75 percent capacity for seven days in a row, which triggered the voluntary reduction request.
Baines said it is important for citizens to think about conservation now so that a mandatory water reduction plan does not have to take effect. He pointed out several cities in Middle Tennessee have issued voluntary reductions and some have issued mandatory reductions.
The reduction in water supply could also have a negative effect on the Lebanon Fire Department, which Baines said is a key factor in the voluntary reduction. He said with the dry conditions, if a large fire broke out, the LFD would need to access large amounts of water and Baines wants to be sure there is adequate supply on hand in that event.
The Voluntary Water Reduction Plan will definitely remain in effect until plant production falls below nine million gallons per day for at least five consecutive days, Baines said in the memo to council.
City residents are asked to limit irrigation of yards to Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday if your address ends in an even number and for homes with an andress ending in an odd number, limit irrigation to Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Also, the city requests that residents reduce the frequency of washing vehicles and reduce recreational water use. Also, these requests are extended to customers of the Wilson County Water and Wastewater Authority and Laguardo Utility District, which buy water from the city.
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