BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's official, parts of western New York are officially in a drought. Both Erie and Niagara Counties are desperate for rainfall, raising the threat of grass fires like the one that erupted in Wheatfield Thursday.
The drought is also putting a strain on the area's water supply, even for a town surrounded by water.
Since dry and hot weather has bumped up the supply and demand for water in the Town of Grand Island, a voluntary reduction of water use has been put into place.
Grand Island Town Supervisor Mary Cooke said, "Two things, don't wash your car and don't water your lawn. If everybody stops doing that for a bit, we should be able to help recover our water tank."
The longer daylight hours, is putting a strain on when the town's water tank. When people are using the majority of water, the tanks usually refill.
Resident David Gross is doing his part. "I'm watering my bushes as you can see. But the only reason is, they're dying. I'm not going to water my grass, no."
The main concern of the town is fire, structure or brush.
Cooke said, "Water pressure that is low is annoying if you're showering. But it's life-threatening if you can't get a hydrant to work when you need it to."
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