VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - "The city of Valdosta is urging all citizens to immediately cease outdoor irrigation use and all other nonessential uses of water. Now and throughout the weekend," said Public Information Officer Sementha Mathews.
Severe vibrations in the water pumps is what put them out of commission. "The city's water treatment plant experienced some mechanical issues this week with two of its raw water well pumps which caused the low levels in water," said Mathews.
City officials have a few water saving tips for the public. "Shortening the use of your shower. Maybe instead of using the dishwasher, hand wash your dishes. Just anything nonessential. Turning off the water while your brushing your teeth," said Mathews.
City officials say the less water people use, the faster the problem can be fixed. "Water conservation is something that we practice all the time, not just in a situation like this. We hope that our citizens continue these types of things throughout the year as well," said Mathews.
An emergency pump and associated pipe is currently being installed and should be in service in the next 24 hours.
New year-round statewide restrictions that went into effect last year allow watering every day but only between 4pm and 10am.
Local governments can put stricter rules in place anytime.