South Glens Falls facing water shortage, voluntary usage restrictions in place

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Officials in a local village say they’re facing a water shortage, now they’re placing restrictions on usage in the community.

Water Treatment Plant Chief Operator Jack Dixon says the last eight to 10 days, they’ve been seeing more than 750,000 gallons of water usage on a constant basis.

“The springs are normally capable of producing around 700 to 750,000 gallons per day and that’s a constant,” Dixon said. “That’s something that never changes and when we exceed that limit, that’s when we start to have a problem.”

The result is a drop in the reservoir levels, and Dixon says once it’s gone, it’s gone.

He says multiple factors could have played a role, from lack of snow and rain to not having a meter system in the village.

The South Glens Falls Reservoir is not dried up, but it’s nearly at half capacity. It’s now causing officials to issue a voluntary ban on using water outdoors.

Though the ban is voluntary, it’s highly recommended.

Some South Glens Falls residents don’t like the idea of a water ban during these peak months for landscaping.

After moving into a new house in a new neighborhood last fall, Robert O’Malley is finally seeing some green grass on his front lawn.

“We’ve been watering just to get it established, to get the root system going,” said O’Malley.

That nice green color could soon fade. The voluntary outdoor water usage ban includes hoses and water sprinklers.

“If we have to cut back, we’re going to have to start all over again,” said O’Malley.

Mayor Joseph Orlow says he realizes how troubling this is for people with nice lawns and gardens, but that it’s only a short-term situation.

Mayor Orlow says the Village is looking into installing a meter system to avoid future shortages.

Dixon says people just need to be more mindful of their water use. And if that doesn’t help and if there isn’t any rain in the near future, the village will have to buy water from the town of Moreau.

Another solution will be putting a well the Village owns, which contains hydrogen sulfide, back online.

As for O’Malley and his lawn, he says he’s just going to have to deal with it.

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