ALDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Western New York needs rain, and until it comes, the village of Alden is asking its customers to do what they can to save water.
The village issued a voluntary water restriction request, urging residents to minimize their use of water for watering lawns, plants and gardens, and limiting their plans for washing their cars. They also ask everyone to conserve water by only washing full loads in washing machines and dish washers.
These steps are needed as the Village sees a strain on its water supply in the drought. Right now, Norther Erie County is down about six inches of rain, which normally would keep the underground wells in good shape.
“Through voluntary water restrictions we may be able to avoid mandatory restrictions in the future,” the Village of Alden Water Department said in a statement on the village’s website. “We appreciate your help with this matter.”
The Village of Alden has never had to resort to mandatory restrictions in the past.
This is the first voluntary restriction request since the 1990s.