MONROE – Union County is asking its customers to voluntarily refrain from irrigating their yards until the temperatures drop and there is consistent rainfall.
Warmer weather has customers using much more water than normal, primarily due to an increase in yard irrigation. As a result, the county is approaching its available water capacity of 25 million gallons per day.
A reduction in yard irrigation will help ensure the county’s available water capacity can supply all of its customers’ needs. The county supports residents returning to the normal three-days-per-week yard irrigation schedule once temperatures drop and there is consistent rain.
“Every drop counts,” said Aubrey Lofton, planning and resource management division director. “Even if you do not have an irrigation system, there are still ways you can help, whether it is not washing your car or shortening your shower to five minutes. It all helps extend our daily supply. We appreciate everyone who is willing to conserve.”
If the county were to use its entire daily supply of treated water, customers would experience a notable drop in water pressure until the water treatment plant is able to replenish the water capacity.
Union County is addressing the water capacity issue by expanding its Catawba River Water Treatment Plant to produce an additional 2 million gallons per day for its customers by summer 2020, as well as building an additional water treatment plant capable of producing 12 million gallons per day to serve customers in the Yadkin River Basin by 2022.