Water restrictions have been officially implemented by the state Environmental Protection Division, which also requires local restrictions. Still, the director of Thomaston's water system says our community is in "good shape" in terms of water supply.
Randy Eckerberg, OpTech director, said today the flow of water in Potato Creek (Thomaston's water source) remains strong and the reservoirs are both at appropriate levels.
He said the city's purchase of the former Thomaston Mills reservoir two years ago is the key to a healthy local water supply.
"In the past, we have seen the reservoir on Hannah's Mill Road get fairly low, but we managed to get by with luck and the help of God. The additional 240-million reservoir purchased by the city, combined with some work we did to tie the systems together have put us in very good shape."
As for the water restrictions, the state has set a limit for outdoor watering. State guidelines allow citizens to water three days a week, on altering schedules. For example, residents with even numbered addresses (102, 104, etc.) can water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. People with odd numbered addresses (101, 103, etc.) can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. No outdoor watering would be allowed on Fridays.
The city has already asked citizens to follow this schedule on a voluntary basis.