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ODNR SIGNS AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE VILLAGE OF WOODSFIELD WITH EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY

             ODNR SIGNS AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE VILLAGE OF
               WOODSFIELD WITH EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the severe drought conditions and an emergency water shortage in southeastern Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) today signed an agreement with the Village of Woodsfield in Monroe County to provide the village with one foot of water, a minimum of 13 million gallons, unless the area receives additional precipitation.  The water will be pumped over the next 90 days from Monroe Lake, a 39-acre recreational fishing lake owned and managed by ODNR's Division of Wildlife.
    Village officials hope to begin pumping water from the lake this weekend.
    Woodsfield received emergency water supplies from Monroe Lake under separate agreements with the state this September and August, and in 1988 when severe drought conditions were last experienced in Ohio.  The ODNR Division of Water reported the ten-county southeast region which includes Monroe County has experienced extreme drought conditions since July.  The region needs nearly eight inches of precipitation to relieve the drought.
    Both Wildlife and Water officials said terms of the agreement require the village to take formal action within 120 days to assure development of a water supply, either through capital improvements or agreements with other water suppliers.  Village officials must also continue to limit daily water usage to less than 300,000 gallons.
    At the rate of 300,000 gallons a day and no major precipitation, today's agreement will provide residents with approximately a 42-day supply of water.  Under the agreement, the Village of Woodsfield is to pay all costs incurred in physically obtaining its emergency water supply from the lake.
    "This year's drought has brought difficult times to many of Ohio's communities," said ODNR Director Frances S. Buchholzer.  "ODNR is glad to assist the Village of Woodsfield in their crisis."
    Speaking on behalf of village Mayor Charles E. Knowlton II, village clerk Esther McIntire said, "We certainly appreciate the cooperation the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Division of Wildlife for helping us.  I can only say we regret the situation we are in and we're trying to get our own water supply."
    ODNR and the Division of Wildlife also provided emergency water supplies to the City of Wellsville in Columbiana County earlier this year from Highlandtown Lake.
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    /CONTACT:  Mary Hayes of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 614-265-6886/ CO:  Ohio Department of Natural Resources ST:  Ohio IN: SU: RM -- CL014 -- 6150 11/21/91 18:28 EST
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