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Edwardsville. IL (KSDK)- Officials with the Northeast Central Water District in rural Madison County Illinois is urging customers to use common sense as they deal with avoluntary water conservation order.

Spokesman Kevin Johnessee says customers can water yards and gardens but do so conservatively.

The order asks residents of even numbers addresses to do their watering on even numbered days and those with odd numbered addresses, to water on the odd numbered days of the week.

Water District officials say washing cars is acceptable, since a minimal amount of water is consumed.

The problems occur when customer set sprinklers on their yards and let them run for hours on end. Johnessee says often, the bulk of the water is actually running into the street or into drains, and providing no benefit to the parched ground.

Northeast Central Water District actually buys their water supply from the City of Edwardsville, which is also under a voluntary conservation order issued last week.

The current restrictions in the Northeast Central District is expected to last through the end of the week.

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