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Mayor Michael F. Charles has declared a drought warning that restricts water use by customers of the Akron water system until further notice.

The water level in the village's reservoir in Bennington is 72.5 inches below the fill level, necessitating a drought warning, according to Daniel P. Borchert, village clerk-treasurer.

"Village residents, businesses and organizations are being asked to begin serious water conservation measures in keeping with the gravity of the situation our community is facing," Borchert said Monday. "The reservoir is dropping about an inch per day. If the dry weather continues in our area, the water level would reach 96 inches below the fill level on approximately Oct. 17. At that time, a drought emergency would be declared."

In addition to Akron residents, customers of the village water district in Newstead's Districts 1 and 3 are affected by the order.

If a water emergency were declared, the first phase would mandate a 15 percent cut in water use and ban watering lawns or outdoor areas, washing cars and water use for ornamental purposes.

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