Ripley still faces drought conditions

Photo by Candice Black The Ripley water plant asked citizens to conserve water last week, resulting in a 10 percent reduction of usage.

RIPLEY — Ripley residents last week were asked to conserve water due to the drought.

According to Jim Mitchem, chief operator of the City of Ripley Water Treatment Plant, the rain that hit the area over the weekend was not enough to solve the problem.

“(It) measured about 2 and 1/2 inches over the past weekend. It’s going to take quite a bit more than that to alleviate the whole situation,” Mitchem said. “It’ll take more rain, probably three or four times the amount we’ve gotten.”

When the community is asked to conserve water, it isn’t due to the lack of water; it’s more of a preventive action, Mitchem said.

“I’m happy to share that water consumption is about 100,000 gallons less a day than normal,” Mitchem said.

Mitchem shared tips on how to conserve water and said they are important practices on a regular basis, not just in drought situations. Tips include:

• Turn off the water while brushing teeth

• Make sure to do full loads of laundry

• Don’t wash a vehicle as frequently

• Don’t water a lawn

• Invest in a lowflow shower head

Mitchem expressed his thanks to the community for their assistance in conserving water.

“They really helped the situation and we really appreciate it,” Mitchem said. “It won’t be much longer and we’ll be in good shape.”

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.


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