Atkins Reservoir Friday, January 27: 100% capacity
Atkins Reservoir, which went back online a couple weeks ago, is currently at full 200 million gallon capacity.
A far cry from early this fall when it was down by two-thirds and had to be shut down early.
Atkins Reservoir October 7th, 2016: 34% of capacity
Amherst managed to survive an extended period using only the wells and the return of somewhat normal New England weather has now replenished our surface water supplies in Pelham and Atkins which is located in Shutesbury.
The town lifted the water ban that went into effect on August 19th back on December 19th and the consumption levels since then have remained below 3 million gallons per day.
Amherst is permitted by the DEP to draw 4.44 million gallons per day so in our current system there's still plenty of capacity left for new growth as long as Mother Nature does not throw a hot hissy fit.
NIMBYs have embraced the recent water woes as another weapon in their anti-development war using it to attack the proposed Beacon Communities 130 unit development at the Mill District in North Amherst.
Not the first time the usual knee jerk anti-development arguments have been all wet.