TOWN OF LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — The drought affecting Western New York is getting worse, and local water systems are feeling the pinch. The Town of Lewiston is one of them. They’re asking residents to conserve water because officials say these are some of the driest conditions they’ve seen in years.
Town Councilman William Geiben said, “1988 was the last time we found it necessary to ask the residents to voluntarily cut back on water usage.”
The town is advising residents cut back on water usage. No car washing, no lawn watering, and especially no pool filling.
Councilman Geiben says the volunteer ban was enacted after the board got word that the water storage facility was running low because of the lack of rain.
“When Mr. Townsend, the head of our water department came to the board, Supervisor Steve Broderick and the board agreed to follow his recommendation and go for the volunteer ban now, instead of waiting for an emergency later.”, said Geiben.
Councilman Geiben said the storage facility has enough water for now – but if it gets any lower it could threaten the water pressure in the town’s system.
“In a normal cycle, what Lewiston residents use during the day time can be filled up during the night and ready for the next day, right now we are having a hard time bringing the tank up to the appropriate levels”
Back in 1988, during the last voluntary ban the town avoided a mandatory ban after getting a healthy amount of rain a short time later, and now the town is hoping for the same outcome.
“We are hoping mother nature will cooperate before that happens we get a little more rain, what we got yesterday was a drop in the bucket, literally, and hopefully we don’t have to go to the next step”
The town board will re-visit this ban to either drop it or make it mandatory on August 8th.