Town officials in an eastern Vigo County community hope a little sacrifice now might prevent a water shortage later.
The Seelyville Water Works Department on Friday afternoon asked customers to practice voluntary conservation measures for the time being, as weather conditions remain much drier than normal.
Staff at the Seelyville Water Works Department estimated their customers number about 2,200.
According to their release, conserving is prudent given the present conditions:
“This is not to say that we have a shortage of water in the ground. That is not the case.”
“But we are concerned,” the release continued, “that usage at these continual high daily rates will reduce our storage levels too low in the case of an emergency such as fire or other event,” the release states.
Cooking and cleaning within the home are fine, according to the statement, but residents are asked to reconsider activities such as washing cars and watering lawns.
According to information provided by the National Weather Service, June’s precipitation through midnight Thursday was 0.23 inch. The normal amount for that period is 3.25 inches, with an average year-to-date total of 21.69 inches, well above the 12.53 inches which has fallen locally since January.
And the impact on groundwater seems evident as the NWS reported Friday’s Wabash River levels at 0.9 of a foot, and the Big Walnut Creek near Reelsville was at 3.13 feet.
Jake Raubauch, superintendent of the Brazil Water Works, said Friday his agency has not yet issued a request for cutbacks, but depending on water levels, they might have to as well.
“If everybody will just use their common sense about watching water usage, fix leaks as soon as possible, don’t leave hoses running, we should be okay,” he said, noting his agency will re-assess the situation Monday.
About 4,700 customers use the Brazil Water Works, in addition to 1,200 meters served by agencies which buy water from them, he said, adding their water comes from a ground well near the Big Walnut Creek.
Brian Boyce can be reached at 812-231-4253 or email@example.com.
Skateboarders, BMX bike riders working to improve area of city park they use
The sound of small wheels rolling across smooth concrete fills the air, accented by the clacking noise of a wooden skateboard coming to an instant stop on a metal edge before rolling on again.
Indiana State to host 2014 MVC baseball tourney
Build it… and they will come. The Missouri Valley Conference and Indiana State University made that famous line from the movie “Fields Of Dreams” reality Thursday.
Overlay recommended for 812 area code
The state agency that represents Hoosier utility customers is calling for a ten-digit solution to southern Indiana’s vanishing supply of 812 area code telephone numbers.
Elementary school saddened by student’s death
A 9-year-old Dixie Bee Elementary student died unexpectedly Wednesday evening as the result of pneumonia, said Vigo County Coroner Susan Amos on Thursday.
Vermillion CSX crossings undergoing maintenance
CSX maintenance crews are working on railroad crossings between Dana and Chrisman, Ill. this week and next, a CSX official said Thursday.
Beware of scams everywhere
Ever get a phone call in the middle of the night from a person claiming to be your grandchild, who unfortunately has been jailed in Canada and needs bail money?
INDOT to start work on Indiana 163 in Vermillion County
Maintenance crews will begin a pavement preservation project Monday on Indiana 163, between Indiana 63 and the Illinois state line west of Clinton.
Union Hospital community garden spots now available
Community gardening spots are now available at the Union Hospital Community Garden for Wabash Valley residents interested in planting and maintaining a garden but may not have the space. The garden is located west of the intersection of North Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue in Terre Haute at 1430 N. Sixth St.
Correctional officer remembered at memorial
Greene County native and Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Officer Timothy Betts was honored during a memorial ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Money donated for Dresser sculpture
100+ Women Who Care of Vigo County on Thursday awarded a $20,200 grant to Art Spaces that will help make the Paul Dresser sculpture, “A Song for Indiana,” a reality.
Powerball jackpot quickly jumps to $550 million
The Powerball jackpot jumped to $550 million on Thursday — the third largest lottery in history — as dreamers in all but the seven states where the game isn’t played snatched up tickets for the minuscule chance at a life on easy street.
About 200 channel catfish find new home in Dobbs Park pond
About 200 channel catfish transferred into a new home at the Dobbs Park pond on Wednesday, but it’s unclear how long they’ll remain there. That depends upon the people fishing.
GED grads turn the tassels
Michelle McClendon’s first child was born when she was 15.
She tried to stay in school, but it was just too much, so she dropped out to take care of her daughter.
MARK BENNETT: Local summer music series idea remains a good one
One-of-a-kind ideas happen rarely.
As the biblical adage goes, there is nothing new under the sun. We humans succeed occasionally, inventing electricity, automobiles, telephones and the Internet. Invariably, though, someone else insists, “Hey, my grandpa thought of that years before Edison.”
State to spend $2M to clean up voter rolls
Indiana’s bloated voter registration rolls, which officials say make elections more susceptible to fraud, will soon come under more scrutiny by the state.
Community tips lead to arrest on methamphetamine charges
Acting on community tips and other information, Indiana State Police troopers from the Putnamville District Meth Lab Enforcement Team were led to a rural Vigo County residence where they arrested the homeowner on meth-related charges and a female companion on a Clay County warrant for driving while suspended.
Historic National Road Yard Sale begins May 29
Bargains galore are expected along a 824-mile stretch of U.S. 40 as the annual The Historic National Road Yard Sale begins May 29 and continues through June 2
Woman arrested after selling relatives truck without permission
A Terre Haute woman faces a charge of auto theft after being arrested for selling a relative’s vehicle without permission.
Redevelopment Commission hears TIF districts in good shape
Terre Haute’s special economic development taxing districts, known as TIF districts, are in good financial shape, according to a report given Wednesday to the city’s five-member Redevelopment Commission.
Tribune-Star staff wins awards from IAPME
The Tribune-Star was well represented once again at the annual Indiana Associated Press Media Editors awards in Indianapolis Saturday.
Indiana’s 2013 Click It or Ticket effort begins Friday
As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, the Vigo County Traffic Safety Partnership is urging everyone to buckle up as Indiana’s 2013 Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement effort begins Friday.
Giving back to the community: Day of Energy
Flowers and fresh paint. A new platform for handicapped seating. Spotlight replacement. And even a new utility pole and electrical service. About 10 different projects made positive improvements at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds on Thursday through a volunteer work day called “Duke Energy in Action.”
Former Peabody mine to be industrial mega site
A new industrial mega site is ready for development in southwestern Vigo County.
Indiana Rail Road benefits from Canadian contract
Starting July 1, Indiana Rail Road will be hauling shipping containers from Chicago to Indianapolis as part of a partnership with Canadian National railroad.
First Lady impresses in visit to Terre Haute elementary
A former art teacher, Indiana First Lady Karen Pence harkened back to her own classroom days when she visited art students Tuesday morning at Benjamin Franklin Elementary in Terre Haute.
Trailer filled with watermelons catches fire on I-70
Officials don’t know what exactly caused a fire in a produce trailer filled with watermelons Tuesday afternoon.
Woman struck by car while walking along U.S. 41
A Terre Haute woman remains hospitalized this morning after being struck by a car along U.S. 41 at Honey Creek Street, which is in the area of Honey Creek Middle School.
Flood damage assessment for assistance starts Monday
Local, state and federal officials will begin conducting joint preliminary damage assessments for public assistance in 18 Indiana counties starting Monday morning.
Two-semi crash snarls I-70 traffic
One driver received minor injuries in an accident Tuesday afternoon involving two semitrailers on eastbound Interstate 70 in Vigo County.
125 Years of Help: Salvation Army celebrating its 125th anniversary
For 125 years, the Salvation Army has been helping residents of the Wabash Valley by providing basic needs for those without.
- More News Headlines
- Skateboarders, BMX bike riders working to improve area of city park they use