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Friday, November 7, 2008


Stream Flows Are Low In NC PA--
DEP Says Take Fewer Showers

Below Normal Rainfall Prompts Call
for Voluntary Water Conservation

HARRISBURG – The Department of Environmental Protection issued a drought watch today for 29 Pennsylvania counties as precipitation deficits continue and stream flow levels fall in the western and north central areas of the state.

“The commonwealth has received below-normal precipitation over the past two to three months that have resulted in rainfall deficits of as much as five inches in parts of western and north central Pennsylvania,” said acting DEP Secretary John Hanger. “Recent rainfalls have not been enough to bring streamflow and groundwater levels back to normal, so we are asking residents and businesses to conserve water until we get more substantial precipitation in these areas of the state.”

Although conditions are better in the eastern portion of the state, county groundwater well levels have shown signs of stress and conditions are being monitored closely by DEP.

A drought watch declaration is the first level — and least severe — of the state’s three drought classifications. It calls for a voluntary 5 percent reduction in non-essential water use.

DEP will send letters to all water suppliers in the affected counties, notifying them of the need to monitor their supplies and update their drought contingency plans as necessary.

In addition to precipitation totals, DEP monitors groundwater levels, streamflows, soil moisture and water supply storage.

“There are a number of simple steps that homeowners and businesses can take to immediately reduce water consumption without being inconvenienced,” said Hanger. “Hopefully, these conservation measures will allow us to maintain adequate groundwater and streamflow levels as we head into the winter months.”

DEP offers the following tips for conserving water around the home:

In the bathroom: · Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets; · Check for household leaks – a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day; · Take short showers instead of baths.

Kitchen/laundry areas:

· Replace older appliances with high efficiency, front loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40-50 percent less energy;

· Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads;

· Keep water in the refrigerator to avoid running water from a faucet until it is cold.

The department also offers water conservation recommendations for commercial and industrial users such as food processors, hotels and motels, schools and colleges, as well as water audit procedures for large water customers.

Water conservation tips and drought information can be found online at www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: drought.


EDITOR’S NOTE: The drought watch covers Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.


Solomon's words for the wise said...

Sure DEP, I'll cut down on showers and buy new efficient water using appliances so you can authorize the well drillers to draw millions of gallons of fresh water from our rivers and water table. Get a life!!!! Go To H###!!!

Anonymous said...

Couldn't have been stated any better than that Solomon!!!!

Anonymous said...

10 4 over & out !

Anonymous said...

Sure, they want us to take less showers while they sell OUR water to the drillers. They better not try stop us using OUR water this summer.

Anonymous said...

Hit that nail right on the head!!!!

Anonymous said...

most of these drillers are from out of state they should have to truck the water they use from there own state!!!

Anonymous said...

So I take it none of you are tapping into the mineral rights you own?

Anonymous said...

Along with all the logging ROAD(water cnannels)that come off of most of the hills that feeds these streams.These so called pristine waterways are now just run off ditches that are being used in the drilling process.These roads should have to be put back to there original NATURAL state when the logging operation is complete.
Just try to be a land owner and cut a cat tail when a Weekend overtime DEP truck rides by you may just go to jail.

Sorry for the Rant but agian it is all true.

Anonymous said...

I guess none of the responders above use natural gas for heat or any other uses. Bitch about Natural Gas developers using water but when you turn on the hot water for that shower and it is either not there or even more expensive because Gas Developers have moved on to more "friendly" environments where landowners and local governments are not demanding the world you will have something new to complain about.

Anonymous said...

Water Is way more important than gas!

Anonymous said...

Good then we will see it "water" will heat homes this winter.
I do not use natural gas...Yet! Will have to see if my rig hits gas.

Anonymous said...

Mostly the reason I do not post on these comments is because of the ignorance.THis is about water not gas.The logging ruined the water table Long ago when dep stopped doing clear cuts not for regeneration but for turning the ridges into deserts.They(dep)have
not told the whole story but some day we will see its cause.Well looks like its that day.

Anonymous said...

The clear cuts haven't stopped. Just drive out the Rock Ridge road and onto the Nelson Run road and you will see a large clear cut on State Forest land. If I head out that way hunting this weekend, I'll try to rememeber to take my camera and get a picture...the place looks horrible!!

Anonymous said...

"Mostly the reason I do not post on these comments is because of the ignorance.THis is about water not gas"

Oh really?!

"Solomon's words for the wise said... so you can authorize the well drillers to draw millions of gallons of fresh water from our rivers and water table. Get a life!!!! Go To H###!!!"

Anonymous said...

The water they are using from the stream, Is not the same water that you use to drink or shower the only impact would be on aquadic wildlife not humans.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Pittsburgh gets it's drinking water from the Allegheny River. What kind of aquatic wildlife are those people?

Anonymous said...

You wait until you see the massive roads up our hills and the clear cutting on all the ridge tops in our area just to install wind turbines that are failing to produce sustainable electricity all over the world. Are water problems are only beginning!!

Anonymous said...

Whatever with the streams! Where do you think the water comes from to fill the streams? Our source water is being tapped to drill these wells and Coudersport Bourough is selling water by the truck loads. How do you think the source gets filled back up? Of course it is going to affect all of our water. Wake up.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see that the road building and clear cutting still are in our attention.The water you see in the stream is the water we consume its called the water table.Water seaks its own level. again the ignorance.

Anonymous said...

I can agree that the logging does, to an extent have an impact on our water tables. Everything we do has an impact on the environment. The benefits far exceed the costs. Some of you people won't be happy 'till everyone is living in a straw house and growing our own food. Sure the well drillers are using millions of gallons of water to frack these wells, but it's a drop in the bucket compared to the water we have.

As far as what kind of aquatic life lives in Pittsburgh, I'll not comment on that.

Anonymous said...

So....muddy water from well fracking is bad to put back into the table and send to Pittsburgh, but it's fine for the farm manure and pesticides and our sewer plants to dump back into that same river.....