City officials have plan to fix St. George’s water pressure problems

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ST. GEORGE (News4Utah) -City officials say there are problems with water pressure in St. George and residents want to know why. 

“This is about how much water pressure I have,” said Nina Heck who lives in St. George. 

Heck said she can hardly water her rose bushes because there is so little water. 

“My neighbors under the “D” we all have the same water pressure problems,” said Heck. 

“We’ve had a lot of complaints about low pressure,” said Scott Taylor, Water Services Director for the City of St. George.

City officials say residents watering their lawn at the same time each morning only makes matters worse.

“This time of year the city will deliver a little over 40 million gallons of water in a day, but of that 40 million gallons, 10 million gallons are delivered in a 2-hour period,” said Taylor.

Those hours? Between 4 and 6 a.m. – prime sprinkler time. 

“What we’re asking the residents of St. George is just to simply adjust their sprinkler clocks. Just avoid watering between the hours of 4 and 6 a.m.,” said Taylor.

City officials say if 20 percent of residents chose another time to water their lawns between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., the water pressure issues would be fixed.

“Figured out there was a simple way to make some adjustments and help that situation out,” said Taylor.

For Heck, she’s skeptical:

“On the days it is a little higher pressure, it’s still not perfect,” said Heck.

But she says she’ll still help spread the word and encourage her friends to adjust their sprinkler times:

“Absolutely, anything I can do to help St. George. This is my home. You know, just do a shout out,” said Heck.

Taylor says the City of St. George is in a drought and reminds people that switching sprinkler times, but not watering longer, should do the trick. 

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