Clarenville council advises public to conserve water

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Says to turn off lawn sprinklers and postpone car washing

Residents are advised that due to the recent hot, dry weather the town of Clarenville is finding it impossible to maintain sufficient water levels in the water storage tank on Bare Mountain Rd.

Public advisory

At the July 15 Clarenville council meeting, Chief Administrative Officer Bob Hiscock said preventative measures must be taken to preserve the town’s water supply.

“Normally, overnight, our tank fills to 100 percent of its capacity, which is 1.215 million gallons,” he said. “As of lunchtime (Tuesday) it was at 84 percent. We calculated that we’re probably losing one percent an hour. Now we can make that up to some point after nightfall when people go to bed and the pumps get a chance to gradually catch up.”

In a statement issued by Coun. Bill Bailey and the Clarenville town council, the public works committee has determined that the problem is caused by extensive use of garden hoses for watering lawns and washing vehicles.

It is essential to maintain sufficient water levels for daily use in addition to the event of an emergency such as having to fight a fire in Clarenville.

“It is a potentially very serious problem,” said Hiscock. “Not only does that tank provide us with water pressure and water for the community but it allows us to fight fires. Once the tank goes below 65 percent, for example, the computers will kick that plant in automatically to start to fill the tank again and this is what we’ve been doing manually for the last several days, trying to stay ahead of it, mainly for firefighting services and so on.”

The town of Clarenville requests residents to refrain immediately from using unnecessary water by not watering lawns or washing vehicles.

Any other voluntary water conservation measures are greatly appreciated.

If the town is unable to maintain sufficient water levels by Friday, July 18, a mandatory water restriction will be issued.

The town of Clarenville thanks all residents for their cooperation on this matter.

Organizations: Clarenville council

Geographic location: Clarenville

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