Indianapolis sets water-use records amid drought

Keywords Utilities / Water

The water company for Indianapolis and some of its suburbs is asking customers to cut back on lawn watering after setting records this week for one-day use.

Citizens Water said Friday that mandatory restrictions on its 300,000 residential, business and industrial customers might be needed if water use isn't reduced while the area's drought conditions continue.

A utility spokeswoman told the The Indianapolis Star that it pumped 231 million gallons of water on Wednesday and Thursday, topping the previous record of 228 million gallons set in 2008.

Citizens Water president Carey Lykins says lawn irrigation is accounting for 40 percent of its water load.

The utility says the high demand is causing water levels to drop daily at Morse, Geist and Eagle Creek reservoirs and stressing its water distribution system.

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