The Suffolk County Water Authority is urging conservation after it hit its all-time high water pumping figure of 545,726 gallons-per- minute across its service territory this week, breaking the previous per-minute record of 542,610 gallons-per-minute set in July of 2016.
SCWA said it hit the record at at 5:35 a.m. on Monday. It has been asking customers in recent weeks to cut their water use to make sure there is sufficient supply for emergencies.
Customers are asked to use their irrigation system to water no more than every other day and avoid setting controllers to operate between peak pumping hours of 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.
“We need cooperation from our customers to make sure that firefighters have sufficient water pressure to battle fires and that hospitals have sufficient water pressure to take care of patients,” said SCWA Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Szabo. “We need people to get this message loud and clear—change your watering habits today and help to ensure there is a sufficient water supply for everyone.”
For more ideas about how to conserve water, customers are urged to go to ourwaterourlives.com.