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Sleepy Hollow Still Urged To Conserve Water

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – The Catskill Aqueduct has been brought back online, but Sleepy Hollow residents are still advised to conserve water.

The Westchester County Department of Health partially lifted its advisory on Wednesday afternoon.

The Catskill aqueduct had to be shut down because the impact of recent storms caused turbidity levels to rise. The New York City Department of Environment Protection shut down the aqueduct at 11 p.m. Monday night to fix the problem.

Richard Gross, the Sleepy Hollow Department of General Works General Foreman, cautioned residents on Tuesday that they may have to conserve water for a little while longer. The village has had several water conservation alerts in recent months because of storms and failed pumps.

“Water restrictions will remain in effect until further notice,” Gross said.

The water restriction means that residents are advised not to water their lawns, wash their cars or do other non-essential activities.

Tuesday night, Gross said the village was “hanging on by our firehoses” without the Catskill Aqueduct. If the aqueduct had failed to come back online Wednesday, Sleepy Hollow would have switched over to its Briarcliff connection.

Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio said many residents had been complaining about the recent advisories. He noted that the village was not responsible for the most recent alerts.

“This isn't us,” he said. “This is New York City that shuts down our water, and we're not the only community.”

Sleepy Hollow Trustee David Schroedel asked Mayor Ken Wray to add a discussion on the water system to a future meeting.

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