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Residents of a Sigonella, Sicily, housing area are being asked to conserve water following a shortage.

Last week, the owner of Mineo Housing Area imposed water hours on about 300 homes. Residents were asked to shut off their water a couple of hours a day.

The problem was resolved Friday, when the contractor agreed to lift the hours and truck in additional water if needed, said Lt. Steve Curry, spokesman for Naval Air Station Sigonella.

“The water supply that we get from the Mineo consortium wasn’t the best quality, so it was bogging down the filtration system,” Curry said in a telephone interivew.

The contractor cleaned the filters but still was not able to produce enough water to meet the demand. The contractor drew water from the reserve tanks and then imposed water hours to ensure those tanks didn’t dry up.

The problem was compounded by excessive water usage, Cmdr. Bob Gibbs, Sigonella’s public works officer, wrote in the base newspaper. He said the average American family uses about five times the amount of water as a Sicilian family.

The base is urging residents to conserve water by following these tips:


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