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Westfield reservoir offline because of drought


Monday, December 26, 2016

WESTFIELD (AP) — The ongoing drought in the region is prompting a western Massachusetts city to take a reservoir offline again.

Westfield officials announced Monday that the city will stop using the Granville Reservoir on Tuesday until further notice because of low water levels. They say some residents may see a loss of water pressure.

City water department officials say the goal is that the reservoir refills over the winter. The city will rely on existing wells to send water to homes and businesses.

The city stopped using the reservoir in early November because of low water levels. It was put back online on Thanksgiving weekend after water pressure dropped sharply.

The region has a precipitation deficit of more than a foot this year.