Nearly dry reservoirs force boil-water advisory
The Phoenicia water district issues a boil-water advisory to its customers until further notice.
PHOENICIA >> The Phoenicia water district’s two Tremper Mountain reservoirs are “just about dry,” forcing officials to turn to a compromised backup system, necessitating a boil-water advisory to customers until further notice, according to Shandaken Town Clerk Joyce Grant.
“We’ll be OK, but the forecast doesn’t call for any rain real soon,” Grant said.
The advisory said “extremely low” reserves of water have forced the district to begin drawing water from its High Street well.
Grant said conditions at the Tremper Mountain reservoirs prompted water district Commissioner Rick Ricciardella’s decision to begin using the High Street well.
The High Street well and pump house were compromised by flooding during and after tropical storm Irene and Lee in 2011. Since the storm, the water district’s 297 customers, including about a dozen businesses, are advised to boil water whenever the well is used.
The High Street water will provide adequate pressure in the event of a fire in the hamlet, Ricciardella said.
Grant said the town is seeking grant money to get the High Street well and pump house repaired.
Residents of the hamlet are also advised to continue to adhere to a water usage restriction begun over a month ago, Grant said. She said watering lawns and gardens, washing cars and any “non-essential” water uses are not advised. Grant also said residents should check their water systems for leaks.