City Utilities is asking customers to conserve water this summer

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Summer weather came early this year. It's been unusually dry around the Ozarks.

Springfield is asking residents to do what they can to conserve water.

City Utilities is once again sending out postcards asking customers to take turns watering their lawns and gardens, at least through the summer, when we tend to use the most water.

"At least we're not in a critical situation now. Anything we all do is going to help," says Cara Shaefer, Director of Energy Services and Renewables for City Utilities.

If the address of your house ends in an even number, you're being asked to water your lawns and use your sprinklers on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. If your home address ends with an odd number, your days to water are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Everyone is being asked to take Mondays off.

"It's typically when we hit our peak is during those hot summer months," says Shaefer.

We tend to use more water when it's hot outside. This can quickly deplete our supply.

"If you can help take that peak load off or help us reduce that peak load on the system obviously that's help to the community," she says.

Springfield draws water from three areas, McDaniel Lake, Fellows Lake and James River. Right now levels for each of these bodies of water is running low.

Shaefer says, "We're certainly not in an emergency situation now even though we have been abnormally dry our lake storage is still at an 88 percent which normally we're at about 92 percent."

City Utilities can pump water from Stockton Lake if we other water sources become critically low but that process is rather costly and not ideal.

"We're all living here, we're all drinking out of the same tap basically, that same straw so anything you and I can do is certainly going to help. Don't rely on just your neighbor to do it. It's your responsibility to try to help out," says Shaefer.

City Utilities says following the voluntary schedule for conserving water could save us an average of 5 million gallons of water every day.