Higher rainfalls welcomed
To ease the demand on the supply, the town advised residents in mid-July to limit their water use to the watering of gardens with a watering can or with a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff.
It was quite a reversal from the summer of 2011, when some wondered if the sun had disappeared completely.
According to Environment Canada, between July 9 and July 31, 2011, there were just five days when it did not rain. For the month, total rainfall was 212mm.
During the same period in 2012, there were just seven days of rain.
With the mid-July water advisory, Wood believes that the town was able to get out in front of the problem.
“We were being proactive, instead of reactive, which is important,” he said. “There’s always a need to conserve water, and important to know limitations.”
Despite the precuationary measures, there was never a shortage of drinking water.
Wood could not say last week when the conservation measures would be l i f ted, a dding , “i t depends on the amount of rainfall we get.”
There have been suggestions that Bay Roberts may need to tap into other area ponds, but the mayor said there are no immediate plans to do so.
Other communities in the area have not felt the pinch of shrinking water supplies.
In nearby Spaniard’s Bay, town manager Tony Ryan decribed water levels at Kelly’s Pond as “great,” and noted, “we have not had a problem, and we don’t anticipate having a problem.”
In Harbour Grace, town manager Lester Forward expressed a similar sentiment.
“We’re in good shape,” he said. “The water level is pretty good for this time.”
Harbour Grace gets its water from Bannerman Lake. The supply is backed up by a network of ponds that includes Lady Lake, which Forward said has dropped.
Bannerman Lake rests below the other ponds in the network, meaning they are all feeding into the reservoir.
“We have no immediate concerns,” said Forward. “I’ve seen it a lot worse.
“We’re monitoring the situation because these things can change overnight.”
On the north shore, Bay de Verde Mayor Gerard Murphy said his town has not experienced any kinks in the water system.
“There have been no interruptions,” he said. “Residential wasn’t affected.”
He also stated that the two fish plants in the community have not experienced any shortage in water.
Third place in Carbonear’s best garden contest went to Charlie and Daphne Piercey of 29 Burnt Head Road. Winners of Carbonear’s first best garden contest accepted their certificates and cash prizes from Mayor Sam Slade on Aug. 29. From left are: Gerri Howse, second place; Mayor Slade, Charlie Piercey, third place; Donna Dooley, first and Dianne Butt, co-chairwoman, special events committee.
David and Gerri Howse took second place in a Carbonear’s best garden contest for this property at 126 Valley Road.