The city of Edwardsville is asking residents cut down on water usage. Public Works Director Timothy Harr issued a phase 1 voluntary water conservation order today as a precautionary measure to help maintain water quality standards and to lessen the mechanical strain placed on equipment.

The order asks all residents within Edwardsville, the Village of Glen Carbon, the Northeast Central Public Water District, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to reduce water usage by 50% by exercising good conservation practices. Those include: less frequent watering of outdoor gardens and lawns, less frequent washing of vehicles, and using dishwashers and washing machines.

The order will remain in affect until further notice.

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