Monday July 16, 2012

DALTON -- Dalton has joined Pittsfield and Hinsdale in restricting the use of lawn sprinklers in order to head off a potential water shortage.

Dalton officials are asking residents to voluntarily avoid watering the lawn and water gardens and flower beds using a hand-held hose.

Dalton Fire District Water Superintendent Gibby Rudd says the high demand for municipal water during the current hot, dry spell could cause pressure to drop in some parts of town, affecting fire protection.

"No lawn is worth it," Rudd said on Monday.

Dalton draws it water from Pittsfield. On Friday, Pittsfield banned city water users from leaving their sprinklers unattended between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or face a $50 fine.

In Hinsdale, residents are prohibited from using lawn sprinklers to avoid putting an unnecessary strain on its water supply.

While Berkshire communities with municipal water supplies report reservoirs are at normal levels for mid-July, water conservation is necessary until Mother Nature douses the near-drought-like conditions with significant rainfall.

To reach Dick Lindsay:
rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 496-6233.


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