The heat is on!

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 6/14/2013 5:48 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Tom Evans has made downtown Tupelo his home for 27-years.

He has more shade than some, but there are always plants that need to be watered.

He has a sprinkler system, but that's going to wait.

"It just saves a lot of water to water certain plants. The grass can just go for a while. We'll keep our blooming plants alive," he said.

Keeping grass alive is how sod farmer Ronnie Downs makes a living. To say he uses a lot of water is an understatement.

"A lot of people think we pump off the city. If we pumped off the city, we would probably pull the water tank down through the ground," Downs said.

They have other sources for their water.

Homeowners usually must rely on their local water systems.

Monthly bills this time of year could become significantly higher, depending on water usage, according to Tupelo Water and Light's Johnny Timmons.

"An average water bill is $12-$14 in the mild seasons. We see some run up in the $50-$60 range due to the watering of the yard and doing outside activities and things like that. We're fixing to be moving into the heat of the season, so the showers are going to get limited. People are going to start watering their yards," stated Timmons.

Downs has advice for the owners of sprinkler systems.

"The best time to water your grass is early morning hours, and if you've got an irrigation system, you need to turn it on four or five o'clock in the morning."

Downs says even those without sprinkler systems should water early. He says watering after dark can attract unwanted insects.
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