Pond “dangerously low”
Bay Roberts appeals to residents to conserve water
A shortage of rain this spring has resulted in what appears to be a drastic decrease in water levels at the Town of Bay Roberts water supply.
According to the town’s Works Superintendent Pat Foley the water supply is “ dangerously low.”
He suggested the town put restrictions in place as soon as possible.
“The supply pond is the lowest I’ve ever seen,” he said in a memo tabled at last week’s ( June 16) regular council meeting.
“ With so much dry weather I am personally worried what might happen.” Council discussed the matter in some detail. “ The fire chief advises to limit the use of water on lawns and we should err on the side of caution,” suggested Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh.
Several years ago, after experiencing several summers of low water levels, the town had a new system installed.
Public Works Chair Coun. Gerald Greenland noted ,“when the system was installed, we were told our pond will go frighteningly low, but we’ll never run out of water because it’s being filled by springs under the water.”
Mayor Glenn Littlejohn responded with, “I think it’ll never hurt to conserve water.”
The mayor said he had gone to the water supply that afternoon.
“ The water is low and there is a concern that if we don’t get significant rainfall the situation will be worse in July and August. If residents could just help us out by conserving water now...”
It appears some residents may be turning on their hoses in the morning and leaving them on all day to water their lawns.
Coun. Clarence Mercer also pointed out, “ school will soon be out and we have an awful lot of large ( swimming) pools.”
Fire Chief Clarence Russell suggested asking residents to wait until after supper to water their lawns. “ You’ll save water that way,” he said. Municipal Enforcement Officer Perry Bowering was asked to advise businesses to conserve water as well.