Rockland County’s health commissioner is asking residents to voluntarily conserve water as the combination of low rainfall and warm temperatures continue to tax the local water supply.
In a statement issued yesterday Dr. Joan Facelle requested the voluntary conservation.
“We all need to do our part to conserve water whenever possible,” Facelle stated. “We are asking residents to help us in this effort and to use water wisely.”
The main reservoir serving Rockland at Lake DeForest in Clarkstown is at 75 percent, according to Daniel Miller, the county’s hydrologist.
That’s about 10 percent below the 20-year average for this time of year.
Meanwhile, the county Division of Environmental Resources continues a ban on smoking and the use of non-permanent grills in all county parks.
In a statement, R. Allan Beers, coordinator of the department, said residents can only grill using the permanent grills located in Kennedy Dells, Kakiat and Haverstraw Bay parks.
He also said park rangers and security personnel were enforcing the restrictions.
“We monitor the situation on a daily basis,” Beers stated. “There are no immediate plans to close any parks due to the dry weather at this time, however, that can change based on any directive from the fire coordinator.”
Facelle issued the following water tips to help aid conservation efforts:
• Do not over-water lawns and landscaping. Two times per week for 30 minutes in the morning or late evening is usually sufficient. Use a hose with a hand-held nozzle to water flowers and shrubs.
• Fix leaky faucets and pipes.
• Take shorter showers.
• Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth and shaving.
• Run washing machines and dishwashers only when full.
Residents are also encouraged to use the EvapoTranspiration (ET) Index that United Water includes on its website to help determine when lawn watering is really necessary, Facelle said.