MAHANOY TWP., SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A little rain had a big impact on the water supplies in our area. Drought conditions were taking a toll on many communities… But now things are looking up.
Eyewitness News reporter Haley Bianco shows us how rain is a good thing.
“It means good news for the residents,” said Joseph Fegley, Mahanoy Twp. Water Authority.
Two days of rain — a sigh of relief for water officials in Schuylkill County. About a month ago, the state declared a drought watch.. prompting Mahanoy Township to issue a water contingency plan, asking residents to reduce water usage. But now some good news — rain run-off is being pumped into the reservoirs… And they’re filling up quickly.
“Everyday we’re gaining right now. Having that pump and getting water into that area is going to help a lot,” said Fegley.
Mahanoy Township received 2.2 inches of rain this week. The reservoirs are now at 45-percent capacity — about 4.5 inches low.
Earlier this week, no water was being pumped into these reservoirs. But now after some rain, 1.4 million gallons of water per day is getting pumped into reservoirs in Mahanoy Township.
“Hopefully within the next week or two we should be back up to about 60/70-percent, said Fegley.
Mahanoy Township needs the water more than other areas in the county.
In Blythe Township, water authority officials aren’t worrying — yet.
“Obviously as we can see the reservoirs are down quite a bit, but we’re still at about 70-percent, which is good considering we didn’t have a lot of rain,” said Michael Burda, Blythe Twp. Municipal Authority.
If the water levels drop 10-percent, Blythe Township will issue voluntary conservation. And if there’s a 10-percent drop in Mahanoy, officials will issue a phase two contingency plan.
But for now, rain run-off is holding the reservoirs over.
Residents in Mahanoy Township are asked to continue water conservation methods at this time, that can be done by avoiding things like watering the garden or washing cars.