By MIKE MORRIS
Tuolumne Utilities District is asking customers to conserve water, following an increase in use during last week's heat wave.
District engineer Tom Scesa said the hot weather is leading people to use additional water whether to water their lawns and gardens more often or fill small swimming pools to keep cool.
"People are using significantly more water, usually for landscaping," he said. "We're just asking people to think about their water usage."
The district has issued a "request for temporary water conservation" that asks customers to limit outside watering, car washing and sidewalk spraying.
The request asks the voluntary conservation continue until Aug. 11.
"That should bring us back to full tilt again," Scesa said.
Because of the spike in water demand, Scesa said, the district is having trouble keeping an adequate emergency water supply.
Some district water storage tanks are less than half full.
Those tanks range in size from 60,000 gallons to the district's 3 million gallon Greenley Tank, which supplies Sonora with its water.
TUD delivers water to more than 14,000 customers in Tuolumne County. It operates nine water treatment plants and 26 wells.