Conservation urged as Quabbin Reservoir dips ‘below normal’

The Quabbin holds 412 billion gallons of water when full.

File photo of the Quabbin Reservoir located in Belchertown, Mass.
File photo of the Quabbin Reservoir located in Belchertown, Mass.

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – Since western Massachusetts is continuing to stay in a drought, people should already be trying to conserve water.

The main purpose of the Quabbin Reservoir is to supply water to Boston and several other eastern Massachusetts communities. It also is the water supply for Chicopee, South Hadley, Wilbraham and Fire District Number One.

For the first time in 13 years the Quabbin Reservoir has dropped below its normal operating range.

Quabbin Reservoir Regional Director Bill Pula told 22News there’s reason for concern so far. Bill Pula, Regional Director of the Quabbin Reservoir, told 22News, “We still have over 300 billion gallons of water, that’s basically a 4 year supply, last time it was this low was 2002.”

If you take a walk around the reservoir you will notice a lot of exposed shoreline that you normally don’t see. Western Massachusetts needs several days of significant rain.

The latest US Drought Monitor still has parts of western Massachusetts is an extreme and severe drought, the rain we got Tuesday will be beneficial.

A new US Drought Monitor will come out Thursday morning. With hope of some improvements in the drought, Pula went on to tell 22News that snow this winter will also help the Quabbin. If western Massachusetts and points north receive significant snow this winter, the water in the Quabbin will return to normal levels.

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