By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 4, 2014
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Lowndes County officials are asking some residents to wait until August 7 to turn their watering, sprinkler and irrigation systems back on following an equipment failure at the North Lowndes Water Plant last week.
Residents were initially asked to hold off on using watering and irrigation systems until Sunday, following the failure that caused the water level in the elevated storage tank to become low. That date was extended until this Thursday as the tank has been slow to recover.
Officials are concerned that if everyone began watering again on Sunday, as the tank had just recovered, waters levels could have again become low and affect water pressure.
The equipment was repaired immediately, but officials say due to outdoor watering and general consumption customers experienced low pressure for a couple of days.
The North Lowndes Water Plant serves the Stone Creek, Nelson Hills, Foxborough, Grove Point subdivisions and includes Wiregrass and Smith Northview.
While the issue only affects those customers supplied by the North Lowndes Water Plant, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is enforcing water conservation policies related to outdoor watering. Currently, odd number address may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays while even number addresses may water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Watering is currently prohibited on Fridays.
Officials also said that watering during the hottest parts of the day is prohibited and has little benefit with regard to lawn care.
More information can be found on the county website at lowndescounty.com.