Alden village residents asked to conserve water as drought continues

FILE - In this June 23, 2015, file photo a lawn is irrigated in Sacramento, Calif. A report is due out Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 on monthly state water conservation figures. Many California cities are conserving well, and officials are turning their attention to the few cities/agencies that aren’t doing so well. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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