BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - The aftermath of the winter weather has caused Blytheville city officials to ask residents to limit their non-essential water usage effective immediately.
According to a post on the Blytheville city Facebook page, the city’s water department is receiving a large number of emergency calls amidst the unthawing of pipes.
“When this happens, demand for water outpaces production capabilities and creates a crisis,” the post noted.
The temperatures have gone up in the past couple of days, leading to the unthawing and officials are asking to contact them if they see any bubbling above ground with water sources, leaks, water pooling or problems with water pressure.
Officials also said non-essential water use includes using dishwashers, washing machines, taking long showers or running faucets for unlimited periods of time.
City officials also spoke Sunday afternoon about the issue on the city’s Facebook page.
Mayor James Sanders said the city has had to deal with water pressure issues, especially in the industrial area of town, when fire suppression systems face problems when pipes begin to unthaw.
Sanders said crews are also working to protect the city’s wastewater system and to keep it functioning.
The city also plans to continue its sanitation pickups Monday, with regular routes.
Anyone who needs help on the water issue can call 870-763-3342.