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Places to get help, outdoor burn ban and water restrictions list

Channel 4 News Working 4 You with Heat Wave Help

Together with Sprintz Furniture, WSMV-TV is Working 4 You to provide air conditioners to residents in need.

Viewers are asked to donate new air conditioners in their original packaging. They can be dropped off at either Sprintz locations on White Bridge Road or Mallory Lane in Cool Springs.

The air conditioners will then be delivered to the Metro Action Commission.

Residents who need an air conditioner are encouraged to call MAC at 862-8860.

During Channel 4's 2007 Heat Wave Help campaign, WSMV-TV collected nearly 300 air conditioners and more than $20,000 for the needy.

Fireworks Temporarily Banned

Murfreesboro, Gallatin, Clarksville, Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, Dickson, Spring Hill, LaVergne, Smyrna, Woodbury, Millersville, Simpson County, KY, have banned the use of fireworks by residents.  Some area cities, like Nashville, already do not allow the use of fireworks by residents.

Franklin cracks down on illegal cigarette disposal

Improperly disposing of a cigarette is illegal regardless of weather conditions, but in light of the dry weather, police in Franklin have ordered zero-tolerance enforcement by officers. Violators are subject to a $50 fine, plus court costs.  Police said if the careless disposal of a cigarette caused a fire resulting in property damage or injury, additional criminal and civil penalties may be enforced.

Outdoor Burn Ban

Officials in Nashville, Goodlettsville, Gallatin, Portland, and Cheatham, Marshall, Maury, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson counties have announced a ban on outdoor burning due to the dry weather.  Simpson and Warren counties in Kentucky also have banned outdoor burning. 

State Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson has also issued a burn ban for Giles, Marshall and Maury counties. The burn ban is effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice.

The ban applies to all open-air burning including leaf and woody debris and construction burning, campfires, outdoor grills and other fire activity outside of municipalities where local ordinances apply.

"Due to the extreme weather conditions we are experiencing in Middle Tennessee, it has become dangerous to consider burning outdoors at this time. That is why we are placing a ban on burning in the city of Murfreesboro and will notify the public when the ban has been lifted," said Fire Marshal Ken Honeycutt.

Smyrna officials said outdoor burning won't be allowed until further notice because of the dry conditions.

Pennyrile State Forest (Kentucky): Due to increasing drought levels and extremely warm temperatures, an open fire and fireworks ban is in place for Pennyrile State Forest until further notice.  The state-owned property – located in Caldwell and Christian counties – will be patrolled by Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) personnel.  Violators are subject to fines and potential wildfire liability.

"The ban not only includes campfires, charcoal grills, candles and open-flame torches, it also prohibits the discharge and use of any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device," said Leah MacSwords, director of KDF. "We want people to enjoy the forest, but the wildfire danger is too high to be taking chances with open fire in backcountry camping areas."

Any individual caught violating the campfire or fireworks ban on Pennyrile State Forest will be issued a fine up to $500. Individuals or groups responsible for causing a wildfire may also be held liable for suppression costs.

Clarksville Voluntary Water Restrictions

The city of Clarksville is asking residents to reduce their use of water.

The city's gas and water has put voluntary water restrictions in place, according to the Leaf Chronicle newspaper. The voluntary water restrictions no longer apply to businesses.

The department said there's plenty of water for customers, but it's a good idea to cut back on watering your lawn or washing your car due to the lack of rain.

Metro Nashville customers are being asked to be mindful of their water usage, but there are no restrictions.

Lebanon, Wilson County voluntary water restrictions

The City of Lebanon and the Water & Wastewater Authority of Wilson County have requested voluntary water use reductions.

According to a release, the Water & Wastewater Authority is requesting its customers to reduce water use by the following:

  • Reduce frequency of watering new and first year landscaping and foundations.
  • Only initially fill ornamental fountains.
  • Reduce frequency of washing or rinsing of vehicles and use bucket/container, hand-held hose with positive shut-off or commercial car wash.
  • Reduce frequency of recreational use.
  • Reduce water use through voluntary day of the week watching schedule. Irrigation of landscaped areas with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems should be limited to:
    • Last digit of address even allowed to water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
    • Last digit of address odd allowed to water Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Milcrofton Utility District Water Restrictions

The Milcrofton Utility District in Williamson County has issued a mandatory water restriction order until further notice.

According to the district, users should use the following water conservation measures:

  • No water shall be used to irrigate new landscaping or sodding which has not been installed prior to June 25.
  • Outdoor watering is only permitted two days a week for a period of two hours each day in accordance with the following schedule:
    • Homes and businesses ending with an even-numbered street address may water on Monday and Wednesday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
    • Homes and businesses ending with an odd-numbered street address may water on Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • No water shall be used by residential or commercial customers for washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts or other exterior paved areas
  • No water shall be used for washing non-commercial automobiles, trailers and boats
  • No water shall be used for filling, refilling or topping off swimming pools
  • No water shall be used from fire hydrants except for fire fighting and public safety purposes
  • No use of water for dust or compaction during construction

Harpeth Valley Utility District Water Restrictions

The Harpeth Valley Utility District is asking its customers in Williamson and southwestern Davidson Counties to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by watering lawns less frequently and taking other steps to conserve water.

"The goal of this voluntary conservation is to reduce the total gallons per capita per day," according to John Barnes, assistant general manager of Harpeth Valley Utilities District.  "Our supply is adequate, but we are nearing our water treatment capacity, so we are asking all of our customers to work together to reduce their water consumption." 

These are some of the water conservation measures that can also be found on the Harpeth Valley Utilities District's website,

  • Repair leaking faucets and toilets promptly.
  • Don't let water run when you shave, brush your teeth or wash your face.
  • Completely fill the dishwasher before using it
  • Water your lawn no more than once every five days, before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. to avoid excessive evaporation. Set sprinklers at a slow delivery rate to prevent run-off and avoid watering the street and sidewalk.

Harpeth Valley Utilities District is a regional provider of water and wastewater services to customers in portions of Davidson, Williamson and Cheatham counties.

Woodbury issues voluntary water restrictions

Woodbury officials have instituted a voluntary water restriction for its customers.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen is asking that all customers strive to conserve water usage and limit non-essential watering.

Non-essential watering should use the following schedule:

  • Last digit of address is even number: Water on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday;
  • Last digit of address is odd number: Water on Wednesday, Friday or Sunday.

For information, call Woodbury City Hall at 615-563-4221.

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