June 22, 2012

Town asks customers to reduce water use

By DAN HEATH, Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Town of Plattsburgh has asked customers who receive town water to avoid unnecessary usage during this stretch of hot, dry weather.

It supplies water to users in the towns of Plattsburgh, Schuyler Falls and Beekmantown.

Levels in the town’s public water storage tanks are low, said Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett.

”The water levels in our tanks are down to a level where we are concerned,” he said.

If those levels drop much lower, the town may need to issue a watering ban, Bassett said. That could become necessary to ensure an adequate supply for essential services such as fire protection.

”There is no need for a ban at this time. If people can be conservative (with water usage), we can avoid that,” he said.

People should cease activities such as watering lawns and washing cars for a few days, Bassett said.

He said some rain would obviously help.

The National Weather Service website forecast for Clinton County shows a 20 percent chance of rain Friday and a 50 percent chance on Saturday, then another dry day Sunday. Rain is forecast for Monday through Wednesday.

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