Clay County Water officials recently informed The Brazil Times while water conditions are not bad yet, they could get much worse in the immediate future.
With that in mind, officials are still asking county residents to conserve water as much as possible.
"Really, everybody needs to be doing whatever they can at this point," Brazil Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch told The Times. "We're reaching a critical area where we're really going to have to watch."
Earlier this summer, officials with the City of Brazil began asking all water customers to conserve water on a voluntary basis.
In the past week, officials with the Town of Center Point also asked all water customers to "implement a self-regulated voluntary water restriction and begin conservation measures."
According to town officials, precautionary measures were requested due to drought conditions in the area and present demands to the town's water system.
The City of Brazil provides water to the towns of Center Point, Carbon, Harmony and Knightsville.
Raubuch said officials with the City of Brazil Water Department have been constantly monitoring the "static and pumping levels" on the wells for the water supply.
"We haven't noticed any difference for the last several weeks that we have been monitoring," Raubuch said. "(The levels) have remained about the same."
Raubuch said the wells for the City of Brazil's water are approximately 65-feet deep, making them much easier to check.
"They are in more of a gravel, aquifer-type situation," he said.
However, Raubuch -- who also serves as Water Superintendent for the Town of Staunton -- said the town only has two active wells, which are approximately 300-feet deep, making it much more difficult to check the levels for the town's supply.
"The water (for the Town of Staunton) comes through fractured stone," Raubuch said. "I would really like for residents (in Staunton) to conserve as much as possible. We have no way of knowing the level for the wells."
In addition, residents in Clay City have also been asked to conserve water as well.
Clay City Town Council member Guy Dickerson told The Times he had spoken with officials in the town's water department, who advised him the Indiana Department of Environmental Management had recently contacted the department and asked that residents cut back on water usage by at least 15 percent.
Dickerson added the town is taking precautionary measures as well and will discuss the issue further at its next meeting, set for Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. Area weather analysts have predicted the state could suffer from drought-like conditions through October, giving officials plenty of reason to worry about the supply.
"This is worse than in 1988, when it was really bad," Raubuch said. "We may have to conserve water at least through October. I look for us to be in this mode for quite some time. We are in an emergency situation, but it is precautionary."
According to information provided to The Brazil Times, the Brazil Water Department is experiencing a problem with the 18-inch line and is in the process of repairs. The department is asking for Brazil customers to conserve water usage to avoid a potential water loss.
However, at this time, there is no anticipation of any water loss.