Westfield Granville Reservior to go offline

western Massachusetts still needs rain

Granville Reservoir
The Granville Reservoir remained dry as a safety inspection was performed last month. (File photo by The Westfield News/Frederick Gore)

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Westfield is shutting down the Granville Reservoir because of the drought. 22News is working for you with what this means for Westfield residents.

It’s a real eye-opener, closing a reservoir points up the importance of knowing how much water we use.

The city of Westfield has shut down the Granville Reservoir, which supplies water to Westfield and some parts of Southwick. With the closure, these customers will get their water from municipal wells.

Assistant Director of Public Works told 22News, they weren’t out of water, but levels were getting uncomfortably low. Francis Cain, Assistant Director of Public Works in Westfield, told 22News, “The reservoir is down to 11 and a half feet in depth that now gives us 4 or 5 usable feet of water and we don’t want to continue drawing it, we don’t want to get in a situation where it is unusable.”

22News went to the Granville Reservoir and saw the impact of this season’s lack of rain. The darker color on the number scale shows where the water levels are suppose to be. Buoys are on the ground where they used to float on the water.

The latest US Drought Monitor has western Massachusetts showing improvements but we still need the rain.

The rain we got Tuesday is both beneficial and welcomed. A good portion of western Massachusetts continues to stay in a severe drought.

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