BEACON – The City of Beacon gets its water from three reservoirs and a few wells, but with the continued growth of the population in that booming community, officials are concerned the supply of the precious liquid could become scarce.
As a result, Mayor Randy Casale is recommending a six-month moratorium on new construction.
“Our comprehensive plan says we have enough safe water yield to build out to 17,800 population and looking at what the planning board has already approved or we gave building permits out for already or are before the planning board, if everything was built out, we would wind up with another 2,300, which would bring us to about 16,700 population,” the mayor said.
Casale said a moratorium would give consultants time to search for an additional water source.
Of note, the New York State uses one-third of Beacon’s water for its Fishkill Correctional Facility.