Canal users being asked to conserve water

The president of the Logan-Hyde Park-Smithfield Canal Company is pleading with users of his and another valley canal to start conserving water.Users of both the Logan-Hyde Park-Smithfield and the Logan & Northern Canal are being asked to use water as sparingly as possible and not to waste the water due to the fact that facilities are limited by last summer’s break in the Logan & Northern Canal.”If you’re a water user on the Logan-Hyde Park-Smithfield canal, or the Logan & Northern Canal Company, it is important that you do not waste the water and that you use it as sparingly as possible,” said Keith Meikle. “We don’t have the capacity due to the Logan & Northern Canal being broken.”Meikle said there’s plenty of water (the canals are fed by the Logan River,) but with the Logan-Hyde Park-Smithfield feeding over to the Logan & Northern, there are basically two canals working at 50 percent capacity.”We’re basically running half to each group of people,” Meikle said. “People are just going to have to feel the pain for a while.”Meikle said that until the $25 million construction project to repair the Logan & Northern Canal sufficiently is taken upon and completed, conservation for those using both canals will be critical.

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