Water restrictions begin next week in Pascoag, Harrisville

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BURRILLVILLE – Residents who receive water from the Pascoag Utility District and the Harrisville Water Department will have to limit their outdoor usage starting next week, according to restrictions announced by both providers.

Starting on Wednesday, August 17, even numbered houses can use water outdoors on even calendar days, and odd numbered houses are permitted on odd numbered days.

The restrictions are the result of a dry summer, with rainfall well before average. According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, severe drought has blanketed most of the state in recnt days, with extreme drought affecting several southern towns.

It is only the second time in state history Rhode Island communities get the “extreme” designation, the result of a rainfall shortage of 6-7 inches. Gov. Dan McKee issued a statewide drought advisory earlier this week, urging all Rhode Islanders to consider conserving water.

The Harrisville Fire District Operating Committee declared a water shortage emergency on Wednesday, August 10, noting that both districts intend to strictly enforce the ban and prosecute violators.

“The district has attempted to avoid this measure, but due to this summer’s extended drought, this water conservation is now unavoidable and it is extremely important that everyone do their part to conserve water,” stated a notice on the water ban.

PUD issued a notice Thursday on social media.

“Please do your part to conserve water in the coming weeks and pass along the info to your neighbor,” the district noted. “Thank you for your cooperation.”

The restrictions that begin next Wednesday will remain in effect until further notice.

Pascoag Utility District customers can contact the office at (401) 568-6222 with any questions.

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