The scorching temperatures that blanketed Long Island last week caused what the Suffolk County Water Authority called an “all-time record for water pumpage.”
The heat wave brought levels of water use to more than 533,000 gallons per minute on Friday morning, overtaking the previous record of 523,400 gallons, which was recorded almost a year ago to the day, on July 18, 2012.
“The recent heat wave has boosted our pumping figures significantly this month after a fairly quiet June, due to heavy rains,” said SCWA Chief Executive Officer Jeff Szabo in a press release. “We have taken all necessary measures to make sure that our infrastructure is capable of continuing to deliver a sufficient drinking water supply for our customers, even during the current heat wave.”
Even so, the water authority is urging customers to use sensible conservation efforts during peak hours to ensure that reserve supplies are available for fire protection and other critical services. Peak hours are between 4 and 8 a.m., primarily because of the widespread use of timed lawn sprinklers during those hours.
The Suffolk County Water Authority serves approximately 1.2 million Suffolk County residents.