The water may be freely flowing at the treatment plant, but mother nature is withholding it from the rest of the county. That's why Bay County Utility Services is requesting a voluntary cutback on water usage.
Catherine Zehner, the county spokesperson, said, “It's just one of those things where it's not an emergency now, but if you can conserve, if you don't have to water your lawn, fill your pool, if you don't have to water everyday, it'd be better if you didn't."
This is the first time in seven years that Bay County's rainfall is as low as it is.
February through April of 2001 had more than 12 inches of rain. In 2002, again, more than 12 inches. The next year, more than 20 inches; 2004, more about 14.5, and last year more than 30 inches of rain.
This year comes in at a measly 5.82 inches. Authorities say the best way to cut back on water use is to not water your lawn as often, not take long showers, and repair any dripping fixtures in the household.
This will help save on the cost of water as well as the cost of sewage.
Jamie Jones, Water Division Manager, said, "Our main concern is any landscape irrigation that can be limited; that would alleviate the situation and give us a chance to keep our reserves at an optimal level to ensure we're able to supply adequate water across the county."
Officials say this conservation request will remain in effect for all Bay County citizens using city water until a major rainfall takes place.
Some other helpful hints to conserve are to store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run, and if you're going to wash your car, use a car wash that recycles their water.