Meridian Asks Residents to Conserve Water

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

June Easley has been out in her lawn, with a sprinkler, at least once, sometimes twice a day, for weeks.

She put in new plants and grass, and "I don't want to them die!" she says.

After weeks of dry weather, Meridian Township officials have noticed a spike in water consumption that could be a problem and they are asking residents to cut back.

The Public Works Director Raymond Severy says water usage could affect water pressure in the township.

Township water comes in part through the Board of Water and Light, and in part from a plant that's shared with East Lansing. Asst. Township Manager Paul Brake says BWL says the southern part of the township especially is at capacity.

"We're just asking people to be mindful and so that there is sufficient water supply for everyone in the community," Brake explains.

Specifically, the township asks odd numbered addresses to water only on odd numbered dates, and likewise, those with even numbered addresses to water on even dates. In addition to watering, the township asks that people use those same limitations on filling swimming pools and washing cars.

June Easley says if that's the request, she's is going to try her best, but she remains worried about those plants.

Neighbor Jason Johnson says it shouldn't be a problem. After all, there's more than one reason right now to cut back on water.

"You have to pay for water too. It's not free!" he says.

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