Atkins Reservoir December 1st water level 6'7" down from full
Atkins Reservoir 9/21 water level down 9'4"
Atkins Reservoir, after the 2.8" of recent rain, is now at 50% of its 200 million gallon capacity, or half full.
But for those of us still a little nervous about the drought and our town still relying only on wells for our vital water supply, it's half empty.
Either way it's not now in use as it was shut down on September 21st when water levels hit an almost historic low, down 9'4" with only 70 million gallons of water remaining.
Normally around this time the time we fire up Centennial Treatment Plant which processes water from our other two Pelham reservoirs, Hills and Hawley.
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Water usage in November averaged 2.9 Mgd, a tad below average
While the recent rain was a very good thing overall, it did stir up the water in all three reservoirs but DPW Chief Mooring reports the Pelham Reservoirs will be tapped "soon."
Current drought map does not yet show impact of recent rains
Growth of drought since July
Atkins sandbar 10/7
Atkins sandbar 12/1