Schenectady residents are using a lot more water than usual during the current heat wave, so the city is asking them to cut back a bit.
The reason is twofold, Mayor Gary McCarthy said late Thursday evening:
First, all the extra flow stirs up sediment in the city’s aging pipes and increases the turbidity, potentially leaving the water flowing out of taps discolored.
Second, more electricity is needed to pump the water from the ground, increasing the city’s costs and contributing to the demands on the region’s electrical grid. Utilities have asked people to limit electrical use wherever possible, to avoid overloading the system during the hot weather.
McCarthy said the issue should resolve itself Saturday, when a cold front is expected to move through the region and bring an end to a week of afternoon temperatures above 90 degrees.