Second Ithaca Drought in Five Years Threatens Water Supply and Local Ecosystem

Last month, the water supply in Six Mile Creek was at a third of its average flow rate: an alarming five cubic feet per second as opposed to its standard rate of 15 cubic feet per second. The low flow rate prompted Cornell and the City of Ithaca to issue a Level 1: Limited Water Use Advisory to encourage more water conservation on Sept. 22. The advisory was lifted on Oct. 21.

Cornell Research Labs Cut Water Usage, Responding to Drought

“When washing glassware in the sink, we are asking everyone to check that the faucet is outfitted with an aerator and [to] only use high purity water when absolutely necessary,” he said. “All of these lab conservation steps can make a big difference in saving water overall.”