The drought is here to stay in Mercersburg. The Labor Day holiday weekend saw water usage of more than 240,000 GPD, exceeding the current capacity of all available sources. As a result, the borough has reached a critical point where production is exceeding availability. We must reduce water usage to avoid implementing restrictions.
Mercersburg Borough Water Authority officials are strongly urging all customers to cut back on water usage until the current drought ends or alternate water sources can be found. Every user can take these steps to reduce water usage:
- Check for leaks in your toilet, faucets, or shower heads.
- Take shorter showers.
- Do not wash vehicles.
- Do not water flowers or gardens.
- Do not run water when brushing teeth, shaving, or washing dishes.
- Run only full loads in your washing machine or dishwasher.
- Purchase bottled water and keep it in your refrigerator for drinking.
- Place a plastic bottle in your toilet tank.
As the Water Authority continues to look for resources to meet customer demand, we are again asking customers to join the effort to save water whenever and wherever possible. Until the drought ends, the Water Authority is asking all users to save every drop of water they can.
The borough office will be closed, Monday, September 4, 2023, in observance of Labor Day holiday. Office hours will resume at 8 a.m. September 5. Have a safe and happy holiday!
The 2023 Bulk Drop-Off was a success. More than 50 loads of waste were disposed of over two days. Participating in this year's event were Borough Manager Melissa Price, Glen Wingert and Donald Keefer, Jr. of public works, Borough Secretary Donna Irons-Zimmerman and her daughter Leena, and Billing Clerk Megan Monninger.
"I am so happy with the turnout for this year's bulky item collection," said Price. "When I can give residents what they ask for, like the annual Bulk Drop-off event, it shows that we can work together as a community. I'm grateful for my team and for everyone who came out with their unwanted trash. This is just a win-win for everyone."