Nashvillians not conserving enough water, Metro says

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 6:29pm

Davidson County residents aren’t doing enough to cut back on their water use.

With Metro Water Services’ K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plant submerged following the weekend of flooding, only the Omohundro Water Treatment Plant remains operating in Nashville.

Residents have been urged to cut their water consumption in half, but according to Metro Water Director Scott Potter, that’s not happening.

“Right now, people are not conserving water,” Potter said. “I’ve had reports of people observing car washes in operation. I’ve seen, myself, people watering flowers. That kind of stuff has to stop. We’re in an extraordinary disaster, and we have to have absolute cooperation by our citizens.”

Potter said residents must end all “frivolous uses of water,” which includes outdoor irrigation, car washes and other non-essential uses. “We need to use it only for drinking, bathing and cooking.”

Potter has asked Nashvillians to conserve water until the K.R. Harrington Water Treatment Plant reopens.

“I’m not going to know [when that will be] until the water recedes, and I get in their and see what the plant looks like,” Potter said. 

5 Comments on this post:

By: dogmrb on 5/3/10 at 6:03

Why would anyone be "watering" anything?

By: dotsandlines on 5/3/10 at 7:01

Sprinklers at Bicentennial Mall:

By: WickedTribe on 5/3/10 at 7:54

"I’ve seen, myself, people watering flowers"

You've seen people watering flowers in a flood? Maybe we shouldn't be closing Clover Bottom after all.

By: DDG on 5/4/10 at 10:34

Sprinklers at Bicentennial Mall:

I can't F Ing believe I skipped my bath last night...ArrrrrgggghhhhH!!!! Get it together METRO!!!

By: Marymeet on 5/4/10 at 6:08

2 days, no showers, no dishes washed, using paper plates which I dislike because of the waste, flushing rarely and the government is wasting water??? I now have a new standard of irony.