City Asks Customers To Conserve Water

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Oliver Springs (WVLT) -- Add Oliver Springs to the list of water districts asking its customers to conserve.

The tiny town that provides water to people in parts of Anderson, Roane, and Morgan counties is requesting its customers limit all non-essential water use.

Lower levels at a mountain spring, the community's main water source, have prompted the request.

Bacon Springs is the springs that more than 5-thousand people depend on for water.

It's so quiet in Bacon Springs that you can hear the water splash, but that's usually not the case.

The reason for the silent spring is because its water levels are a couple feet lower lower and the rush of the stream makes for a noisy hollow.

The silence is not golden.

City Manager David Bolling is working to make sure the lower levels don't tangle up the process of providing water to his customers.

"We've got one water source," said Bolling, "it's served us well for a long time and we fully expect it to continue to do so. We're just trying to give it a little relief in the dry weather."

Relief is coming in the form of asking Oliver Springs water customers to cut back.

"Well, I don't water my flowers like I did my plants and my shrubs," said water customer Ellen Goodman. "I don't change my fish pond like I did."

Amanda Ford's family, also Oliver Springs water customers, are cutting back, also.

"It's a tough situation but you've got to do what you've got to do," Ford said. "You can't control the weather."

Buying some time till it rains is what the cut back request is all about.

In the mean time, Oliver Springs will buy some water from a neighboring utility to take pressure off Bacon Springs.

"Our tank levels are maintaining right now," Bolling said. We're in good shape, but we're watching it, monitoring the situation and hopefully it'll take care of itself before we have to do anything else."

Washing vehicles and watering lawns top the list of non-essential uses customers are asked to put on-hold.

Oliver Springs city officials say the cut back request may be the first of its kind in the nearly 100-years the town's been counting on Bacon Springs for its water supply.

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