Local water customers are being encouraged to regulate their water usage, especially as they increase the use of sprinklers and outdoor hoses.

Ward 2 Water District Manager Preston Killcrease said pressure throughout the Ward 2 system is meeting the high demand of customers, but as days grow hotter, and if the dry weather persists, a continued escalation in consumption could cause a drop in water pressure in some areas at peak times.

District meter readings show water consumption is double what it was a year ago.

Ward 2 Water District serves nearly 18,000 homes and businesses across a large area of Livingston Parish, including Watson and areas north and south of Denham Springs and Walker.

The district manages 14 water wells, six storage towers and more than 375 miles of pipeline.

In anticipation of residential growth, Killcrease said, the district plans to add four wells and four storage tanks over the next year.

Vacation Bible school

The First United Methodist Church of Denham Springs will hold a free Vacation Bible School June 19-23 for children 4 years old to those who have finished the fifth grade, featuring “Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid.”

Sessions will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening in the church’s newly constructed education center where children will be able to “step back in time” to explore what it was like to live in the town where Jesus grew up.

The church recently opened its new education center and started a new casual Sunday worship service at 10:45 a.m. that is held in the renovated Family Life Center. The new facilities were constructed after much of the church was destroyed by a fire nearly three years ago.

The First United Methodist Church of Denham Springs is at 316 Centerville St., Denham Springs. For more information on how to register, call the church office at (225) 665-8995 or go to the church website at http://www.fumc-ds.org and click the “Hometown Nazareth” link.

Winfield’s Locket

Winfield’s Locket - a music group formed by Denham Springs natives Leslie Martin and Brooke Martin - opened the 2011 Country Music Association Music Festival in Nashville with a performance of the national anthem.

The sisters, who are featured guest artists on Kenny Rogers’ new record “The Love of God,” were extended an invitation by the Country Music Association to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” just prior to Gary Allan’s festival-opening set on Thursday on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage in Riverfront Park.

Winfield’s Locket also performed on the festival’s Bud Light Stage in the Sports Zone on Saturday.

Music City also celebrated the 40th birthday of the CMA Music Festival over the weekend in downtown Nashville.

The Winfield’s Locket page on the CMA Music Festival site can be found at http://lineup.cmaworld.com/band/winfields-locket.

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