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Drought warning issued in Kingston
The Kingston Water Department has issued a drought warning, urging customers to voluntarily conserve water to avoid mandatory restrictions.
The drought warning was declared in response to low water levels in the Cooper Lake Watershed. The water department reported that the reservoir is 65 percent full compared with its usual 80 percent capacity at this time of year.
Although the city had a recent surge of rainflow, less than a half-inch rain has been recorded at the reservoir so far this month. Cooper Lake normally averages 33 inches of rain between January and August, but has recieved only 22 inches this year, the department announced.
Kingston residents are encouraged to limit their water use to avoid mandatory water restrictions that will go into effect if water levels drop further.
"Whle we cannot control how much rain we get, we can do something about how much we use," stated a release issued by the department Friday.
The department's suggestions to conserve water include: