Village orders restrictions on use
Cold Spring on Thursday (Aug. 25) extended a state of emergency for public water usage issued two weeks earlier because a prolonged drought conditions that has required the use of its reserve supply.
The village water supply is at 45 percent capacity across all three municipal reservoirs, the village said. “It is critical that all users of the village water supply strictly limit usage to conserve the supply for domestic and sanitary uses, as well as for fire suppression,” it said in a statement. “Violations of the order will result in summonses and fines.”
The village also said that because of dry conditions, the fireworks scheduled for Community Day on Sept. 3 have been canceled.
The state of emergency will remain in effect until ended by the mayor or Village Board. According to an order issued by Mayor Kathleen Foley:
■ Residents are asked to use the minimal amount of water needed for domestic and sanitary purposes. Keep showers brief; turn off faucets while washing dishes and brushing teeth, etcetera; skip toilet flushes when reasonable.
■ Limit landscape watering to new or fragile plantings. If you must water, do so early in the morning or later in the evening when water is more likely to be absorbed before evaporating.
■ Do not wash cars or buildings.
■ Limit refills on pools and/or hot tubs. Do not use sprinklers or hoses for water play.
■ Business and industries may use minimum amount of water reasonably necessary to conduct operations.
At the same time, the state Department of Environmental Conservation this month updated its drought watch to include most New York counties, including Putnam and Dutchess. A watch is the first of four levels of drought advisories and does not require mandatory restrictions.