Water restrictions in 2 townships

May 20, 2009 4:52:43 PM PDT
A ban on the non-essential use of water will soon go into effect in Lower and Upper Macungie Townships. The problem is not a drought, but too many people and too much demand.

The lawns are green, flowers blooming, but remarkably Lehigh County's local water authority is worried without restrictions it will run short this summer.

"We could actually find ourselves in a situation when we have when we have inadequate water supply to supply the system," Lehigh County Authority's Aurel Arndt said.

Starting June 1, 40,000 residents most in Upper and Lower Macungie will be prohibited from watering lawns, shrubs, athletic fields golf courses, car washing and topping off pools.

Drought like restrictions, but oddly there is no drought.

"We have a very high volume of high quality water here in the Lehigh Valley, and the issue is, really, building the facilities to bring that water to the customers home," Lehigh County Authority's Liesel Adam said.

While there's plenty of water underground and plenty of storage, new pumps are missing to keep up with the skyrocketing growth, thanks to new homes and water hungry industries including water bottling plants and a brewery.

Water demand here jumped a whopping 27 percent in just a year.

So until the pumps are ready this fall, no summer car washing, no lawn watering, in an effort to make sure there will be sufficient water for essentials.

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