Rumors of water shutoff are false, city says

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 5:59pm

Rumors that Metro’s water supply could be cut off are false, and Metro officials are urging customers to stop taking precautions — such as filling their bathtubs with water — for something that won’t happen. 

According to Metro Water Services spokesperson Sonia Harvat, some Davidson County residents are filling bathtubs, buckets and other containers with water in anticipation they could lose access to the city’s water supply.

Harvat said rumors water could be turned off are not true, adding that it's placing undue strain on an already depleted supply. 

“This reaction is placing a significant strain on our water supply,” Harvat said. “We ask all citizens and businesses to stop using water for uses other than drinking, cooking, hand washing, and other critical uses.”

Earlier today, Metro Water Services Director Scott Potter said the city’s water reservoir had depleted from 66 percent of its capacity to 48 percent in one day.

Of the city’s two water treatment substations, only the Omodundro plant is functioning, with K.R. Harrington plant still submerged in floodwater. 

4 Comments on this post:

By: mtlycru1 on 5/4/10 at 6:02

As of 6:00 p.m., the mayor and other city officials are still advising to conserve so the current capacity is not further depleted. Filling the bathtub may be a bit extreme but I myself purchased bottled water (large and small) for simply things @ home...brushing teeth, watering my dogs, etc. This is still considered a mandatory conservation. If the people who are worried about us running out of water would simply observe their surroundings (neighborhoods, work area, etc) and see misuse of the water, they should contact Metro Water dept. They plan to ask car washes, laundry mats, etc. to shut down water usage temporarily and, if they do not comply they will cut their water off. Sorry Mr. BMW man that I saw at the car wash this morning washing his baby....I'd much rather be able to take a shower than see your shining car driving around. We should not downplay the possibilities of either loss of water pressure or water altogethe.

By: d4deli on 5/5/10 at 7:21

Asking Nashvillians to conserve water is like asking them to recycle. They just don't have that mindset. In this part of the country, we might be doing good to recycle less than 10% of all items that could be recycled. In Portland, OR last summer, I read in the local paper that they figured about 18% of local business did NOT recycle. Wow! We can't even say 18% of all business DO recycle.

I once watched a man wash his entire car using a bucket of water and a chamois. He came from a country where water supplies are precious and not taken for granted. Americans just can't get away from the bigger, better, wasteful mindset. I hope folks begin to realize that this is REAL crisis, and cutting our water use by 50% is not that difficult. I can only hope that they can begin to change their mindset and move toward renewable resources. We haven't even scratched the surface!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/5/10 at 7:49

i knew as soon as they said to conserve that there would be certain a-holes that would start hording. idiots.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/5/10 at 7:50

s/h/b "hoarding" my bad.