Lyndonville implements water use restrictions due to drought conditions

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 July 2016 at 11:00 am

LYNDONVILLE – The village water supply is running low due to drought-like conditions. That is prompting the Village Board to implement a water restriction policy until further notice.

The village can pump 400,000 gallons of water daily for customers in the village and the Town of Yates. Due to the lack of rainfall, water customers have been using more water for lawns, washing cars and other purposes, Village Clerk Teri Woodworth said.

“The water tower is nearly empty,” Woodworth said. “The restrictions are in place until we can replenish.”

The village water restriction policy, passed by a local law in 2003, says no public water can be used to wash vehicles, and watering lawns or gardens is limited to between 4 and 5 a.m., and 9 and 10 p.m.

Here is a public notice put out by the village this morning:

Due to extreme drought conditions the Village of Lyndonville declares that a water shortage condition now exists throughout the area served by the Village of Lyndonville.

The Village of Lyndonville and the Town of Yates (District 4) are implementing Stage 1 of the Water Conservation and Water Use Restriction policy. These restrictions shall remain in effect until the supply of water available for distribution is replenished.

The following restrictions apply to all customers: Stage 1

A. No Person or entity shall cause, permit or allow:

1. The continuing of a leak or waste from any water pipe, valve, faucet, conduit equipment facility, or device connected to the water system, or which utilizes water, on or in any premises owned, leased, managed, operated or controlled by such person or entity;

2. The washing of any vehide by means of a hose, fire hydrant, or other active source connected to the water system.

3. The washing of any street, sidewalk, driveway, outdoor areaway, outdoor steps, building exterior or other structure by means of a hose, fire hydrant or other active source connected to the water system.

4. The use of water from the water system for any ornamental purpose, including but not limited to use in fountains, artificial waterfalls, reflecting pools, lakes and ponds.

5. The use of water from the water system to water any lawn, ornamental shrub, plant or tree, except that:

a. Water maybe used to water any lawn, tree, shrub, or garden from 4:00 am. to 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

b. Water may be used at any time to irrigate from a hand held container, vegetables or fruits grown for human consumption.

6. The opening or use of any fire hydrant or of the water there from, for any purpose other than fire protection except in accordance with a permit obtained from the DPW Department and only for the period of and the purpose authorized by such permit and in strict adherence to all terms and conditions set forth therein;

7. The operation of any air conditioning system utilizing water from the water system in a cooling tower, unless within 30 days from the effective date of this regulation a separate meter is installed to continuously measure the flow of water to the cooling tower.

8. Operate any air condition system in excess of two tons of rated capacity or greater or any refrigeration unit rated at 10 horsepower or greater using water from the Village water system, unless such air condition system or refrigeration unit is equipped with a water re-circulating device approved by the Department of Public Works and;

9. The use of water from the water system to fill or maintain the water level in any swimming pool, except that, provided the pool is operated with re-circulating equipment water may be used to fill the pool once during each calendar year, and thereafter may be used as necessary to maintain the water level in such pool.

For more information, contact the Village Office at (585) 765-9385.