Even though it seems like we've had a lot of rain in the Tri-Cities the last few days, we're actually three inches below normal for the year.
That means we're in the middle of a drought, so to make sure those drought conditions don't take a toll on water supply Tennessee officials are asking people to conserve water.
There are two things wrong with some beans growing in Jack Harkins' garden. They should be a lot greener and should be a lot taller, but this year it's been hot and dry. He says he usually waters his garden with rain, "But we haven't had any," Harkins said.
The lack of rain and record heat are the reasons why the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is asking people to keep a close eye on how much water they use. Just in case our region sees a strain at local water plants later in the summer. "My wife washes dishes while she gets the water hot she will put it in a bowl first and then take the bowl outside and put it around the shrubs," said Harkins.
Across Tennessee nearly 40 public water systems are dealing with problems like declining water sources to water demand being greater than supplies.
Faye Lambert has had a pool in her front-yard for almost two months and it took about four hours to fill. She says she's dreading this month's water bill. "Probably 150 dollars...that's about three times what it normally is," added Lambert.
So she's doing all she can to conserve water especially since it's hot and dry out. But not just for her family, "Especially for people that have wells and stuff like that. If you don't have rain, you don't have any water."
Here are some more tips on how you can conserve water:
Fix all leaky plumbing fixtures around your home. Avoid washing your car at home, try finding waterless alternatives. Also, if you do water your lawn try and stick to watering in the morning or late evening.