Wa­ter lev­els im­prov­ing

Bay Roberts mayor preaches con­ser­va­tion; neigh­bours say sup­plies are sta­ble

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Of­fi­cials with the Town of Bay Roberts be­lieve they have turned a cor­ner in the town’s wa­ter woes.

In re­cent weeks, the area has ex­pe­ri­enced a greater amount of pre­cip­i­ta­tion, which has brought re­lief to Mayor Philip Wood and other town of­fi­cials.

But wa­ter con­ser­va­tion mea­sures in­tro­duced in July re­main in ef­fect, since wa­ter lev­els at Big Pond, Fall Pond and Prid­dle’s Pond are still un­com­fort­ably low.

“We’re hold­ing our own,” said Wood. “The con­ser­va­tion ban is still in ef­fect.”

In Au­gust, just over 150 mil­lime­tres of rain was recorded by En­vi­ron­ment Canada at its mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion in Whit­bourne. That’s al­most three times the roughly 55mm of rain recorded in July.

The rel­a­tively dry sum­mer had a dra­matic im­pact on the wa­ter sup­ply. Wood said lev­els dropped by some five feet.

“We’v e e x p e r i ence d a n ex­tra­or­di­nary dry spell,” he said, adding that a mild win­ter in 2012 also con­trib­uted to the prob­lem.

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