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Residents asked to conserve water to reduce impact of drought

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

July is Water Awareness Month and two areas in South Caddo Parish are under a water emergency as drought conditions continue.

The Department of Natural Resources's Office of Conservation issued the declarations in June, after levels in the Carrizo-Wilcox and Upland Terrace aquifers dropped, causing several shallower wells in the area to go dry.

Those aquifers serve residents in the Keithville and Ellerbe Road areas.

Shreveport Green and the city's Storm Water Division are asking all residents to take simple steps every day to help conserve water.

"Don't dump anything in your storm drains. That's for rain only. We also want them to be mindful to stop running the water while you brush your teeth. Save every step you can. When you water your lawns, water before 7am in the morning or after 7pm in the evening," says Casaundra Calloway, Neighborhood & Education Coordinator for Shreveport Green.

For the 6th year, Shreveport Green is conducting events during its "Project Clean Water." The campaign will deliver messages that encourage citizens to save and protect water.

The locations for upcoming events are as follows:

-- July 15: Mooretown Library Branch, 4360 Hollywood Avenue, water kiosk will be set up from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

-- July 16: West Shreveport Library Branch, 4380 Pines Road, water kisosk will be set up from 9:30 a.m to 12 p.m.

-- July 18: Atkins Library Branch: 3709 Greenwood Road, water kiosk will be set up from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Conservation staff will continue to monitor water levels in those areas in Caddo Parish.

Residents who use these aquifers are asked not to water their lawns (with the exception of garden watering), wash their cars, or over-fill swimming pools until the emergency is lifted.

For more information on the emergency declarations, visit the Department of Conservation here.

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