Westchester residents encouraged to conserve water

Westchester County Executive George Latimer is calling on residents to voluntarily change their water use habits to conserve water as the summer drought lingers.

Jonathan Gordon

Sep 7, 2022, 12:13 AM

Updated 620 days ago

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Westchester County Executive George Latimer is calling on residents to voluntarily change their water use habits to conserve water as the summer drought lingers.
"One day of rain will not solve the problem nor will a couple of days of rain but if we're heading in the right direction once again there's no reason to make mandatory restrictions," said Westchester County Executive George Latimer at his weekly press conference
Optional water conservation efforts include:

- Pause any use of fire hydrants for any purpose other than fire protection, public health requirements, or other emergency or other authorized use.
- Serve water to patrons in restaurants, clubs, or eating places only if specifically requested by the customer.
- Pause any ornamental or display use of water, including such artificial displays as fountains, waterfalls, reflecting pools, lakes, and ponds.
- Pause the use of hoses for street, driveway, sidewalk, and/or automobile washing.
- Restrict the watering of lawns and gardens.
- Restrict the watering of golf course roughs, fairways, tees, and greens as per a water restriction plan. The County has already undertaken this measure.
- Pause the use of water in the power washing of the exterior of buildings unless a variance has been granted.
- Do not fill residential and commercial/public swimming pools more than once per year; however, spillage may be replenished."This is a perfectly good time given the number of weeks we've gone without rainfall to use water prudently in the way you operate," said Latimer.
Some residents are on board with the request.
"It's a good idea. Yes. Just use what you need and conserve," said Yonkers resident Arun Thomas.
Tuesday's all-day rain was a tremendous help for the Hudson Valley's drought problem, but it will not eradicate the problem entirely.
All of Westchester stays in moderate drought, with the northern part of the county in a severe drought, according to Westchester officials.
The county is closely watching its water supplies, which stay lower than normal but not in an acute situation.
Each water district and company are required to have an emergency supply plan which is reviewed by the Westchester Department of Health every five years.
The next U.S. drought monitor will be updated on Thursday, but the data is cut-off at eight a.m. Tuesday which means not all of today's rain will be counted in the data.  


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