"We can only hope this will not end with a severe drought," said Minden Mayor Bill Robertson. "With no rain in the forecast, naturally we all use more water than usual. But our water source, the water-rich Sparta Aquifer, will gradually disappear if we don't start to conserve."
According to the mayor, although the amount of water treated by the City of Minden Water Treatment Plant satisfies the total daily demand, there are time periods each day where the treatment plant is operating at full capacity and the system is stressed.
These periods of peak demand usually occur between 5 and 9:30 a.m. and 6 and 10 p.m.
"Any significant increase in demand during these periods such as a major fire or a ruptured water main could possibly result in a loss of system pressure," Robertson said. "We will take every precaution to avoid this occurrence.
"The City of Minden has addressed this problem in the past and asks all citizens to help reduce the intensity of this problem and conserve water," he continued. "Water conservation is something we should practice because the level of our water source, the Sparta Aquifer, as I said, has been falling for some time."
In an attempt to inform all citizens about the water situation and the possibilities not to waste water, the City of Minden will list in the Minden Press-Herald for the next few weeks tips, facts and figures on ways to conserve water and reduce the water usage.
Citizens are asked to watch for the header: "Water ... Use it Wisely" for these tips.
"We ask you to give this matter serious consideration," Robertson said. "The health and safety of everyone is our primary concern. Except for the air we breathe, water is the single most important element in our lives."