Lowville Officials Scramble To Solve Water Shortage

Lowville Officials Scramble To Solve Water Shortage

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Faced with just one day of water supply in their tank, Lowville officials are looking for solutions.

"The town of Lowville is considering buying water from Watson," one officials said. "It's something we should look into."

Right now, Lowville residents are ordered to conserve water or face a fine

That means residents can't do things like wash cars, water lawns and fill swimming pools. 

The problem comes as the Kraft Heinz plant started making string cheese and using more water.

"This is obviously not something we anticipated, but something we're dealing with now," Mayor Donna Smith said, "and we're doing our best to work through it and figure things out."

At a municipal board meeting Tuesday night, village water officials gave lawmakers an update on the current water situation. 

The village is also working with Kraft Heinz to better coordinate with its production schedules. 

Smith says she wants a solution before this gets more serious.

"We're really, really trying to prevent a boil-water advisory because that negatively affects so many people," she said. "If you think conserving water is bad, try boiling everything you put in your mouth."

A representative from Kraft Heinz was at the meeting, He met with village officials behind closed doors.

They say the closed-door meeting wasn't about water, but about sewage treatment plant upgrades.

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