Wauwatosa urges residents to cut water use
The Menomonee River in Hart Park in Wauwatosa is within its banks but at a high volume.
WAUWATOSA - City officials in Wauwatosa are asking residents to reduce their water use during the heavy rains.
City engineer Bill Wehrley said that cutting the amount of water used could reduce the risk of sewer overflows and basement backups.
Wehrley suggests taking shorter showers or skipping baths, turning off the water while brushing teeth or shaving, and delaying doing laundry or running the dishwasher until "a day or two after the rain stops."
The city of Wauwatosa said high water usage during floods can overtax the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District's capacity to handle sewer flows.