Heat Wave Forcing Some Communities To Conserve Water

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - The hot weather and lack of rain means more of us are using a lot more water.   The city of Warrenton has issued a mandatory ban on all outdoor watering.  Warrenton said it is making the move to ensure adequate water for domestic needs and to make sure there is enough water pressure to fight fires. The ban is in place until further notice.

The ban went into effect Thursday and residents and businesses are ordered in Warrenton to refrain from washing cars, trucks any motor vehicles, watering their lawns and filling swimming pools until further notice.  The ban also applies to commercials car washes.

The city of Edwardsville has issued a voluntary water conservation order until further notice.  Edwardsville residents and businesses are being asked to voluntarily reduce their consumption of water by at least fifty percent.  This means no watering of gardens or lawns during the heat of the day, less frequent washing of vehicles, use dishwashers and washing machines only when full and check for any water leaks.

Jefferson County public water district number two which covers northern Jefferson County is asking residents to voluntary cut back on water usage.  They also are asking residents and business to refrain from watering lawns and washing cars and trucks.   All the water restrictions are in place to ensure adequate water for domestic needs and to make sure there is enough water pressure to fight fires. The bans are in place until we get a break from the heat.

The extreme heat has forced horse drawn carriages that operate in downtown St. Louis to cut back on hours of operation.  A spokeswoman for St. Louis Carriage Company says they don't take to the streets until 8 pm.  On good weather days they have a couple of carriages out by noon and then most of them out by 5pm.

The company says they have large fans in each stall to keep their 19 horses cool and big fans in the hallway of the barn, plus the horses are hosed down two to three times a day.  The St. Louis Carriage Company will have reduced hours for the rest of the week.  They are losing money but keeping the horses healthy and cool.