COLONIE — The town has initiated water use restrictions to “conserve and protect the water supply and to maintain sufficient pressure at all times for fire protection and in the interest of public health safety and welfare.”
Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. there will be no watering lawns or landscape, washing cars or other outdoor water use for the duration of the restriction.
Also, nonessential commercial water usage is not allowed.
“Due to recent extremely high water demand and reduced storage tank levels, it is necessary to implement these restrictive regulations,” according to the statement.
Colonie follows municipalities in Schenectady and Saratoga counties that have implemented water restrictions due to the spate of hot, dry weather.
The Latham Water District has the following recommendations for conserving water:
- Install water-saving plumbing fixtures like low-flow shower heads and water saving toilets.
- Cover polls to reduce evaporation
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks
- Turn off water when shaving or brushing your teeth
- Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes
- Keep drinking water in the fridge instead of allowing the tap to run until the water is cool
- Water lawns and landscaping during the morning and evening to avoid evaporation
- Adjust landscape irrigation systems to account for changes in the weather and install a rain shutoff device, solid moisture senor or humidity sensor to better control irrigation