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Friday, July 22, 2011

Drought Impact On Water Wells Prompts Water Restrictions In Roulette Township

Stage 1 Voluntary Water Restriction Issued By Roulette Township Water Company
Due to the lack of rain over the last several weeks, our well levels have

dropped to a point that requires us to issue a voluntary water restriction
notice to all of our water customers.

This is currently a "Voluntary Restriction". The state requires that we have a contingency plan, periodically review and update it, and implement it when necessary. The goal of this plan is to reduce the amount of water that is being consumed by 30%, in order to prevent having to go to Stage 2.

There will be nobody driving around and peeking in your yards to see who is, and who is not doing their part. This stage gives you, the customers, the ability to help prevent stage 2, or at least prolong it if we don’t start seeing rain in the near future. It took a long time for these well levels to drop and it will take just as long for them to return when we finally do get rain.

We have already put Well #7 back online to help lighten the load on Well #4. It is now, and always has been the goal of the fire department to find a drafted water source as soon as possible, it is just a little more prevalent of an issue at this time. Once that draft has been acquired, there is no need to refill any trucks from the public water supply and putting even more strain on the system. It only means that there will be river water sitting in the trucks instead of treated water. The same holds true with the overhead filling stations, they are a convenience not a necessity. If worse came to worse the trucks can easily be filled from the dry hydrant near the fire hall.

If it should become necessary to go to Stage 2 of the plan, the problems are worse, and the rules are more stringent to prevent having to implement stage 3. We have never been in the position to implement Stage 3 of the plan, and hope that we never have to, as that would include water rationing.

We greatly appreciate the help of our customers.

Attached is a copy of the current Drought Contingency Plan that spells out
the conditions of the requirement and conditions of these restrictions.

This is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.


Jonathan Huff
Secretary / Treasurer
Municipal EMC
Water / Wastewater Operator

Roulette Township Supervisors
80 Railroad Ave.
PO Box 253
Roulette, PA 16746-0253
Office: 814-544-7549
Fax: 814-544-4044


10 comments :

Anonymous said...

Where is the attachment?

Anonymous said...

I don't see the attachment??

Anonymous said...

As in Galeton, you will get flack for asking residents to conserve water when gas company water trucks continue to suck the very life out of out river and streams.

Anonymous said...

make sure you just planted grass seed in your lawn so you can use water cause you cant use water to fight fire or fill your truck up for the next call how dumblo

Anonymous said...

HOW WILL YOU COLLECT YOUR POOL PERMIT IF PEOPLE CANT FILL POOLS OR TOP THEM OFF? jUST CURIOUS

Anonymous said...

9:14 just for your info i work for a gas company moving water and we have been shut off from all river pumping only pond to pond now until rivers come back up.

Anonymous said...

4:17
Are you referring to the SRBC or the rest of us on this side of Denton Hill?

Anonymous said...

not sure what srbc is but im in the towanda area and just got the memo no water outta the river going from frac pond to frac pond

Anonymous said...

As they re-use pond water are they gonna ad more chemicals to the already laced liquid then pump it into the ground?

Anonymous said...

SRBC is the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. This is the organization that controls permitting and water withdrawals from and tributary of the Susquehanna River, of which I believe Towanda is in. Unfortunately the tributaries, such as the Allegheny River, are monitored, or not in most cases, by the DEP and they are still permitting the water withdrawals 24-7. I realize that the withdrawals are not the cause of the low water levels, but they are most certainly not helping the situation when they continue to suck out as much as they can, as fast as they can, when the levels are so low. We need local / county oversight reinstated in the areas that are not monitored by a group like the SRBC that are not profiting from the gas industry for honest regulation and oversight.
And no, I am not a tree hugger or an anti-Marcellus person, in fact I have leases signed on some of my properties. I am, however a concerned citizen that feels that there has to be regulation and oversight without bias to protect our resources. Without that, we will be heading for another "Gasland" like event.