Kirsten Mustain

Grove Sun

Grove city officials are requesting, after weeks of hot, dry weather, that citizens voluntarily ration their water usage through August 15.

City Manager Bruce Johnson said the city’s water production plant is currently operating at peak capacity.

He said citizens have been watering their lawns more than usual and it has placed a strain on the city’s water system.

“We’d like to ask for everyone’s participation and request that residents be more conservative with their water use,” Johnson said.

He said that on August 15 city officials would revisit the issue.

“At that point in time we’ll readdress the amount of water that’s being produced by the water treatment plant and let citizens know if we need to continue voluntary rationing, if we will need mandatory rationing, or if we will need no rationing at all,” Johnson explained.

The recent summer heat has even reached Grand Lake.

GRDA’s latest report showed the lake temperature to be 94 degrees.

Today the temperature is predicted to hit the 110 mark with high humidity, and residents are cautioned to use common sense to keep from overheating.

Delaware County Emergency Management Director Robert Real said the most important thing for residents to remember is not to overexert themselves when working outside.

“Know your limitations,” Real warned. “If you have to work in the heat, take it slow and easy.”

He said it is especially important for people who are working outside to make sure that someone else is watching them or, at the very least, knows where they are.

“Someone needs to be able to find you if you should happen to collapse in the heat,” he said.

He said people who are caring for young children also need to use extra caution.

“Kids get dehydrated faster because they just run around and play without thinking twice. They don’t know they can get dehydrated,” Real explained. “Make sure they have sunscreen and plenty of water to drink.”

He said babies are especially susceptible to the heat because they can’t speak to let people know how they are feeling.

Real said another issue that people don’t commonly think about is going from air conditioning to extreme heat and back again.

“Changing from hot to cool to hot can cause fatigue as well,” he noted.

He advised keeping air conditioning temperatures moderate, rather than turning up the cool air too high so that the temperature change is not so extreme when you go outside.

County residents are reminded to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly, and make sure there is plenty of shade and fresh drinking water for outdoor pets.

According to the National Weather service, weekend temperatures in the area will “cool” down to the mid-90’s by tomorrow.