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NEW YORK -- New Yorkers must save water or face a possible
shortage brought on by this winter's unusually warm and dry weather,
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
``There are not a lot of storms on their way as far as we can
tell, so this is a problem that is going to get worse,'' Bloomberg
said. ``The question is, what can we do about it? And conservation is
Bloomberg said New York City has been on a drought watch since
Dec. 23, meaning there is less than a 50 percent chance the city's
reservoirs will be full by June 1.
``Today or tomorrow we are likely to enter a drought warning,
which is the next step,'' he said.
A drought warning would be declared if there's less than a
one-third chance the reservoirs will be filled by June 1.
Joel Miele, commissioner of the Department of Environmental
Protection, said the upstate reservoirs -- including the Croton,
Catskill and Delaware systems -- are at 40 percent of capacity.
``We should be at 80 percent capacity today in a normal year,'' he
Bloomberg, dressed in a sweater and sneakers for the Manhattan
news conference on the sun-drenched lawn at Gracie Mansion, had
detailed instructions for saving water.
``Short showers really do make a difference,'' he said. ``Get in,
turn it on, get it the right temperature, lather up, get rid of the
stuff -- of the soap -- and get out. ... While you're shaving, turn
on the faucet, lather up, turn it off while you're shaving, turn it
back on, just a twist of the faucet to rinse off the razor.''
He said former Mayor Ed Koch recommended showering with a friend.
``That would save money,'' Bloomberg said. ``Whether it's a good
idea or not, or the morality of that, I suggest you call former Mayor
Koch. I'm sure he'd be very happy to discuss his views there.''
Miele said that without significant rainfall in the next few
months the city will reach a drought emergency, when water
conservation would be mandatory and the city could be forced to draw
water from the Hudson River. He said the city's last drought
emergency was in 1989.
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