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City to residents: Conserve water

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham [Click to enlarge]
The City of Brazil is asking all of its water customers to implement a "voluntary water restriction and conservation of water" due to current weather conditions.

According to a press release issued by city officials, there isn't a shortage of ground water within the city's system.

"We want to prevent a problem," Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said. "We just want to try to avoid a potential problem."

Wyndham said Brazil City Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch requested the voluntary measure.

"He's been around here for a long time," Wyndham said. "What he's telling me makes sense."

Raubuch told The Brazil Times this is only a "precautionary situation."

"We're not experiencing any trouble at the present time," he said. "We are just looking into the future ... and we're still not seeing any rain in the future."

Raubuch has been with the City of Brazil Water Works for approximately 25 years. He said the city had to do something similar to this in 1988.

The release issued by the city states the voluntary request by the city is due to "current weather conditions along with the usual expected demands that come with summer activities within the community, such as filling pools, sprinkling lawns and general domestic and commercial use, which impacts our utility. These measures are being taken in order to ensure water customers that in the event of an emergency, such as a fire, or some other event, our water supplies would be adequate."

Water for the City of Brazil comes from the Big Walnut Creek area east of the city. Both Wyndham and Raubuch said currently, the creek is running extremely low.

Wyndham said while current conditions are fine, with the continuing rise in temperatures and no rain in sight, the city had to take this into consideration.

"It doesn't look like we have any relief in sight as far as this drought," he said. "But this is just a precautionary thing. It's all voluntary. This is all about preventing a depletion of our wells."

"It's not desperate at this moment," Raubuch added. "Our wells are all sufficient at the present. We haven't really noticed any problems with them, but we'll closely monitor them."

In the press release, city officials offered suggestions for conserving water, including:

* Limit water usage when sprinkling, watering, or irrigating shrubbery, trees, grass, vegetables or any other vegetation along with eliminating wasteful sprinkling of impervious surfaces, such as streets and sidewalks,

* Limit water usage while cleaning trucks, trailers, mobile homes, sidewalks, driveways, paved areas or any other outdoor surfaces,

* Use appliances such as clothes washers and dishwashers only when full, and

* Repairing or replacing leaking water fixtures and service lines.

Raubuch added the voluntary request extends to residents of Carbon, Harmony, Knightsville and Center Point. All four towns purchase water from the City of Brazil.

In addition, he suggested residents of Staunton also conserve water.

City of Brazil Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch [Click to enlarge]
Officials with the Town of Clay City also told The Times the town has investigated the possibility of conserving water, but has not implemented any voluntary system as of yet.

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