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Residents are reminded to continue water conservation efforts

July 17, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Emergency water restrictions are still in place in Franklin County, S. Leiter Pryor, Waynesboro's director of utilities, reminded water users Tuesday.

Pryor said "an awful lot" of Waynesboro water customers have called in the last week or so to ask about drought restrictions.

On Tuesday night, Pryor brought a list of frequently asked questions to the Waynesboro Borough Authority, which runs the utility.

The water level in the reservoir that supplies Waynesboro's public water system dropped as low as 15 feet, 4 inches below the spillway in the spring.

Pryor said then that was lower than it had been in at least 11 years, when he started working for the borough.

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The reservoir replenished enough in May to flow over the spillway.

Pryor said Tuesday the level is 12.5 inches below the spillway.

More than five months ago, Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker declared a drought emergency for 24 counties with dangerously low groundwater levels. Residents are forbidden from watering lawns and restaurants can't serve water unless customers request it first, among other restrictions.

The drought emergency classification was lifted from several of those counties, but Franklin and Fulton remain in that category.

- Andrew Schotz

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