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With Fredonia's reservoir depleted, the City of Dunkirk has supplied about half the water used in the village since Aug. 3, village officials said Tuesday.

As a result, Fredonia residents have been under a mandatory water-conservation order that bans unnecessary uses of water such as watering lawns or washing cars.

City Treasurer Mark Woods said that because the village is considered an "outside user," it is charged 1.75 times the rates paid by city residents. Siince Aug. 3, the village has purchased about 21,636,000 gallons for a total of $31,478.30.

A village spokesman noted the reservoir was down "two-three inches in the last week." Village officials are not sure when they will halt the purchases.

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