Declining river flows and long-range weather forecasts predicting minimal precipitation in the region have caused Kentucky American Water on Tuesday to issue an alert to its customers, including those in Clark County, that they must limit their outdoor watering on designated days.
Customers are asked to only water outdoors between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on scheduled days. Addresses ending in odd numbers may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and addresses ending in even numbers may water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Affected activities include washing vehicles, filling swimming pools, and watering lawns, bushes and trees.
Kentucky American Water has 1,415 customers in Clark County. The alert also affects Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, Jessamine, Scott and Woodford counties.
Winchester Municipal Utilities is not ordering water restrictions for its customers, General Manager Vernon Azevedo said in a press release.
"Central Kentucky is in a severe drought," he said. "Customers of WMU are encouraged to use water wisely and only when necessary. However, no mandatory restrictions are in place for WMU customers."