Water levels improving
Bay Roberts mayor preaches conservation; neighbours say supplies are stable
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.