Despite recent rain, people in yet another eastern Kentucky community are asked to conserve water.
Water customers in Middlesboro are now under a water shortage advisory and are urged to voluntarily conserve water in any way they can.
People living in Middlesboro are getting a letter along with their water bill this month.
It's not meant to alarm them, but simply ask them to cut back where they can.
The Water Service Corporation of Kentucky, which provides water for thousands of people in the Middlesboro area, says the area only got about half the rain it should get during spring and summer.
That's why it's sending out this letter asking customers to take simple steps to conserve. Many are taking notice.
“Turning off the water while you are brushing your teeth. Try to manage our loads of laundry, and hopefully doing less laundry,” Karen Pratt said.
Besides some common sense things you can do around your home, you can also find products like the Saveraerator. You just put it on your faucets at home, and it actually reduces the amount of water you use when doing things like washing your hands and it only costs you about two bucks.
“Lots of women, little girls like those bubble baths, but right now when we're trying to save water, we're trying to do the shower, and I hope that helps,” Pratt said.
The city may have to take steps too.
Water officials say it's not an emergency situation, but by people doing what they can.
Hopefully following those steps will prevent a situation where conservation would be mandatory.
One water official said the lake where the Middlesboro area gets its water from rose a few inches with the recent rain, but it's still down several feet, so they're hoping people will conserve.