This summer’s warm weather and lack of rain has again resulted in water restrictions for residents of Fortune and Grand Bank.
Fortune Mayor Charles Penwell said the conditions have resulted in a high demand on the town’s municipal water supply, which has also serviced Grand Bank for the last number of years.
While there was some relief in the form of rain last week, the forecast shows mostly sun and warm temperatures heading into the first week of September.
Penwell said the water restrictions will be in place until there is enough rain to replenish the water supply. He said the supply in the upper dam has dropped in the last few weeks.
“It is down significantly,” the mayor said. “It is hard to judge how much of a supply is left.”
Penwell said the water supply will last longer if residents of both communities practise conservation.
“We feel confident at this point in time that we can still maintain the connection to both communities,” he said Tuesday.
Penwell said if the water supply continues to diminish, council might have to consider taking further measures.
Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews said it’s unlikely Fortune will have to cut water to his community, but the town has a plan in place, though it’s not foolproof, he added.
“If we do have to convert over, we can convert over to our own dam, but the water levels in our own dam are very low at this particular time,” Matthews said.
Penwell said the duration of the restrictions, which include a ban on watering lawns and washing vehicles, depends on the amount of rain the area receives.
Residents who fail to comply with the water-use limits will be warned they will have their water services discontinued and/or be subject to penalties or fines.
Both mayors said residents have been understanding, and they asked for continued support.
“From previous years when we’ve done this, we find that the vast majority of people do their best to conserve water,” Penwell said.
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