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Drought Does Not Impact Louisville Water Company Supply

Thursday September 23, 2010

Drought Conditions do not impact Louisville Water Company’s Supply

An abundant supply of water in the Ohio River places Louisville Water Company (LWC) in a good position to deal with the current dry-weather conditions.

LWC is pumping about 170 million gallons of drinking water daily to customers in Jefferson, Bullitt, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer Counties. On average, up to 75 billion gallons of water flow by Louisville every day.

The Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team has declared a Level 1 Drought for parts of the state, including LWC’s service area. While there is an abundant supply of drinking water, LWC encourages its customers to use water wisely, especially outdoors.

  • Water your lawn during the cooler parts of the day, generally before 10 am.  Rising heat later in the day evaporates the water. Early morning watering will also give the grass spears a chance to dry off quickly. Watering in the evenings will leave the grass wet under cool, moist conditions and may promote fungus growth.
  • Deep soak your lawn. Water long enough for the moisture to soak down to the roots. A light sprinkling can evaporate quickly and tends to encourage shallow root systems, making your lawn less drought resistant and more prone to winter kill.
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to slow evaporation of moisture.
  • Don’t water the road or the gutter. Position your sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden not paved areas.