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MAYOR’S EMERGENCY WATER DECLARATION IN EFFECT FOR UP TO SEVEN DAYS
Spring Hill Mayor Jim Hagaman and City officials have taken action to rebuild ample water reserves for everyday uses and be prepared for multiple fire suppression scenarios.
Hagaman signed an emergency declaration Wednesday, May 18, requiring non-essential water uses to be curtailed for up to seven days to increase reserves.
Despite existing policy that asks residents to water lawns on particular days and not on Fridays, usage shot up precipitously recently. Water reserves must be at 40 percent of capacity for the Fire Department to address multiple fire scenarios simultaneously. Reserves dropped below that level this week.
Aggravating the situation is the lack of critical components for the new water booster station near Spring Hill High School caused by national supply chain disruptions. That facility should be online this summer.
Nonessential uses in the mayor’s declaration include irrigation of grass, car washing, and filling of swimming pools. They do not include new landscaping, vegetable gardens or domestic use.
Water deployed during fire suppression can depressurize the system unless adequate water is in city tanks to maintain pressure.