Wallkill under voluntary water usage restrictions amid drought

Severe drought conditions in Orange County are causing water usage warnings in the town of Wallkill.

Severe drought conditions in Orange County are causing water usage warnings in the town of Wallkill.

Severe drought conditions in Orange County are causing water usage warnings in the town of Wallkill. (10/26/16)

WALLKILL - Severe drought conditions in Orange County are causing water usage warnings in the town of Wallkill.

Wallkill Supervisor Dan Depew put the town under a voluntary water restriction since last week because of what he says are "severe drought" conditions caused by a lack of rainfall. Port Jervis and the villages of Montgomery and Florida are under similar advisories.

Area water sources such as the Wallkill River and ponds appear incredibly low.

Tom Vernooy owns a bait and tackle shop on Prosperous Valley Road in Wallkill and has lived on the same property for decades. The water levels are down 4 to 5 feet, he says, and it could get worse at any time if the drought continues.

Officials say much of the eastern seaboard is also dealing with similar drought conditions.

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