Voluntary water restrictions go up across LI

Water officials in Nassau and Suffolk are asking homeowners to cut back on their water usage immediately as demand has reached near-record proportions.

The average Long Islander normally uses about 100 gallons of water each day, but this week it is up to 600 gallons a day, officials say.

The problem is especially bad on the North Fork and East End. The Suffolk County Water Authority is asking homeowners to restrict all non-essential water use, including for lawn irrigation and car washings.

Officials want to make sure there is enough water to fight fires. They say the voluntary restrictions could end as soon as there?s rain.

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