Higher rain­falls wel­comed

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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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos

David and Gerri Howse took sec­ond place in a Car­bon­ear’s best gar­den con­test for this prop­erty at 126 Val­ley Road.

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