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Heavy sprinkling roils quality of Niskayuna water

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Double the normal amount of water is flowing through Niskayuna’s pipes these days, and the town is reminding residents of long-standing regulations that limit sprinkler use. The town typically sees increases in water usage during the summer, mainly due to lawn watering, Superintendent of Water and Sewer Richard Pollock said. But recently the usage has doubled, to 6 million gallons per day. The issue is not so much water quantity — the town draws its ...

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July 12, 2012
1:07 p.m.

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To my mind the only valid reason to have water restrictions in place is to conserve water when there's a threat of depleting it. Having a set of standing water restrictions in a town like Niskayuna makes no sense to me, because there's no water shortage. The town lies along the shores of a big river, after all. If sediment in the pipes is being disturbed then the town should budget for changing filters more often (or whatever may be needed) to maintain water quality in times of heavy flow. And before town officials complain about the cost needed to do that, let me remind them of the plowing/salt savings they enjoyed as a result of last winter's light snowfall. People live in suburbs like Niskayuna, in part, to enjoy greenery.