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.

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