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updated: 7/6/2012 9:56 PM

Lindenhurst to residents: Stop watering lawns

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By Taylor Goldenstein
tgoldenstein@dailyherald.com

Recent drought-like conditions have prompted Lindenhurst officials to urge residents to stop watering their lawns.

The village, which draws water from only shallow wells, has been pumping a record-breaking 2.4 million gallons of water a day and more. The previous high was 2.2 million gallons.

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"We're one of the only communities that has all shallow wells; other communities have deep wells in addition to shallow wells," said village administrators Matt Formica. "Deep wells provide them with access to additional water supplies. For us, (a limited water supply) becomes an even more pressing problem because of the fact that it's all shallow (wells)."

Formica said residents should reduce water consumption by limiting their outdoor watering to only flowers, plants and trees.

"This is one of the main reasons we continue to actively pursue an alternative water supply that will provide our community with a permanent, reliable, long-term solution to our water needs," said Mayor Susan Lahr. "If these drought-like conditions continue through July and August, this could become a major community problem requiring the enactment of additional water conservation measures."

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