Pikeville Asks Residents To Conserve Water

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jul 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-31 18:18:51-04

Officials in a Tennessee community have been asking their water utility customers to conserve amid an ongoing drought.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Pikeville officials mailed notices asking customers to cut back on water use.

Betty Renick, administrative assistant at Pikeville City Hall, said the request to cut back included watering lawns, gardens and vehicles.

Mayor Phil Cagle said the Bledsoe County town gets its water mostly from wells, though there's a connection to Dayton and Dunlap as backup.

City officials have been reopening an old well and considering drilling a new one to make sure supplies are ample. Cagle said state corrections officials have agreed to draw water temporarily for the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex from the old Taft water plant near the prison rather than from Pikeville.