The Grand Island Town Board issued a request to residents and businesses Thursday asking them to voluntarily reduce their water consumption.
In a statement, the board cited the "extremely dry weather and high demand on our public water system," in making the request.
"We are asking that you minimize the amount of water used by eliminating lawn sprinkling and car washing during this dry period. Your cooperation in this effort is greatly appreciated and could help delay or prevent townwide mandatory water use restrictions," the request said.
The town said Grand Island Fire Co. Chief Kevin Koch joined officials in urging residents to discontinue any unnecessary use of water, which could further reduce lowered water reserves. Outdoor "recreational" fires also pose increased hazards due to super dry ground conditions and should be put on hold for the time being, according to the statement.
"These simple common sense precautions will help your Grand Island Fire Co. handle any major fire emergencies that might occur," the statement said.