Collierville water system under strain

Barbara Low is like many homeowners in Collierville. She cares deeply about the look of her lawn.

"We all try to keep them nice, manicured, and watered," she said.

But all of this perfection comes at a price. City leaders say their water system is under extreme strain. In fact, water-hungry residents have helped break the city's one-day consumption rate more than once this summer.

"Well, you put a lot of water in your trees, flowers, and grass--and we don't want to lose them," says Low.

The city says there are ways citizens can help. Pay close attention to these times:

10:00pm to 6:00am or 9:00am to 6:00pm are the best times to water.

Avoid watering between 6:00pm to 10:00pm and 7:00am to 9:00am.

It's advice many are certainly not heeding now. Even the high school football field was getting a good soaking Tuesday night during a time when water is at a premium.

"I understand their point but don't want to lose everything we have," says Barbara Low.

She says if the best times to water better fit her schedule she might be in a better position to help conserve.

Not conserving can lead to a loss in water pressure. That can compromise everything from your washing machine's performance to that of fire hydrants.