OWOSSO — The city is asking residents, as well as people using the system in Owosso and Caledonia townships, and the city of Corunna, to reduce water consumption from Monday June 10 through Friday June 21.

The filtration plant will be shutting down one of two water softening treatment clarifiers and operating on one clarifier during that period.

The temporary shutdown of equipment is necessary to complete scheduled maintenance.

“If everyone helps out just a little to reduce their water consumption then residents will not notice any disruptions or changes to their service,” water plant supervisor Dave Haut said.

The city will continue to pump softened water into the distribution from the operating plant and from storage tank reserves during the shutdown. However, in the event the treatment plant and water storage reserves are unable to keep pace with the increasing seasonal demands on the system, the city would have to pump a limited amount of non-softened water into the distribution system.

The city is requesting water users to implement the following voluntary water conservation measures:

n Repair known leaks or faulty toilets, appliances or faucets.

n Limit watering outdoor plants, gardens and yards to less than 30 minutes every other day.

n Avoid the use of water to wash motorbikes, motor vehicles, boat, trailers or other vehicles, except at a commercial self-contained washing facility, or unless required as in the case of commercial trucks and equipment.

n Avoid or limit the use of water to wash down sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots or other hard-surfaced areas or structures.

n Avoid or limit the use of water to fill, refill or add to swimming pools or jacuzzis.

n Avoid opening of fire hydrants.

n Avoid flow testing or fire systems tests.

n Avoid construction work involving the filling and flushing of mains.

Water customers can also help to conserve water by ensuring that their dishwashers and clothes washers are used to wash full loads.

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