Nearly dry reser­voirs force boil-wa­ter ad­vi­sory

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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.

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