Danby Residents - The current drought is on-going and shows no signs of real relief. The best weather predicitons don't show an improvement until sometime in September or Octover. Please note, and follow the following water conservation information.
Frank Kruppa – Public Health Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: Marcia Lynch at 607-274- 5555 or Frank Kruppa at 607-274- 6304
CONTINUED WATER CONSERVATION NEEDED DESPITE RECENT RAIN
(Ithaca, NY – August 3, 2016) – The Tompkins County Health Department is reminding
residents of the continued need for water conservation, despite the rain that’s been received in
“The rain we have received has produced some short-term improvement,” notes Tompkins
County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa. “However, it is important to note that weather
reports for our area support continued drought, despite some rainfall received over the past three
days. Tompkins County needs 6 to 9 extra inches of rainfall to alleviate much of the drought
impact.” Mr. Kruppa noted that three-quarters of an inch of rain per week would help reverse
“We thank the community for taking this issue seriously and coming together to reduce
consumption,” Kruppa said, “but it’s important to remember that we’re not ‘out of the woods’
yet. It’s important to continue in our efforts to conserve water—both in terms of our ongoing
forecast for continued drought and because additional demand on our water sources is expected,
once our local population increases with the return our the student population later this month.”
The Health Department continues to urge both residents and businesses to follow these practices
Do not hose down sidewalks, patios or driveways.
Stop watering lawns.
Use hand watering for valuable plants and vegetable gardens, and water in the morning or
If you run your water before using it for cooking, drinking, or showering/bathing, capture
the unused water in a bucket and use for watering plants or filling toilet tanks.
Do not run washing machines or dishwashers until you have a full load.
Take shorter showers: If you normally take a 5 minute shower, take a 4 minute shower
for an immediate 20% water reduction. Better yet, take a 3 minute shower for a 40%
Turn off the water in the shower while lathering or shampooing.
Install low flow shower heads or other water saving devices.
Use bath water to fill your toilet tank.
Flush toilets every other time if possible.
Do not leave water running while washing dishes, brushing your teeth or shaving.
Be conservative about your overall daily use.
Additional steps that businesses can take:
1. Restaurants should only serve water to patrons who request it and should inform patrons
of the need to conserve water.
2. Reduce or stop landscape irrigation.
For more water-saving tips, check out the EPA Water Sense web page at:
For local updates, visit: Tompkins County Health Department website at:
City of Ithaca website at:
For more information on the drought:
Northeast region map of drought conditions; updated regularly by the National Drought
Northeast Regional Climate Center special report on the drought, July 2016: