TEXARKANA, Ark. — Texarkana residents are being asked to conserve water, but officials say mandatory restrictions shouldn’t be necessary.

Water utility engineering director J.D. Phillips said residents should conserve water because the drought could get worse. The city needs 4.5 inches of rain in September to prevent the state’s driest 12-month period.

The Texas and Arkansas sides of the city have two water sources — Wright-Patman and Millwood lakes. The heavy rain that fell during the spring filled both lakes before the summer drought took hold.

Feeder lakes above Millwood Lake are keeping that body of water full.

The utility noted that water pipes can break when the dry ground shifts. Residents should notify the utility immediately of any broken pipes.