As the water table beneath the Mon and Mon Valley reservoirs has dwindled, the state is struggling to keep up with demand.
A state study of water use in the region estimated that, based on water use per capita, the water used in the Mon valley in 2016 was more than double that of the Mon.
The study did not include the amount of water used for the irrigation system, but according to the state, the irrigation water was only used in 10 percent of the irrigation operations.
This has been a growing problem, according to Mon Valley officials.
“We’ve had our entire irrigation system for the last decade destroyed.
There’s no water to plant.
The mon-valley has been destroyed,” said Mike Dornbush, the Mon-Valley’s executive director of water management.
Water for the Mon River was used for a combined 1,924,800 acre-feet of irrigation in 2016.
The Mon Valley has also had a problem with water storage.
According to the Mon State Water Supply & Distilleries website, the maximum water storage for a single acre-foot of water was 1,717,500 acre- feet in June 2016.
But the water storage levels for a 1,000-acre-foot are much higher, at 1,852,500.
Dornbush said the water shortage has not only hit the Mon, but also the surrounding area.
At this time, the reservoir is at a level that is no longer capable of holding water, he said.
“It’s going to take some time to fix this, but I do know that we are doing our best to fix it as soon as we can,” Dornbeests chief of staff said.
With water supply levels dropping and other needs, the mon valley has become an open sewer.
Last year, the city of Mon Valley shut down the Mon City Water Treatment Plant, which was located in the city, to divert water to the surrounding areas.
As the water level of the reservoir drops, so do the sewage flows, which can cause flooding, Dornbury said.
He said it has not been easy to get the water off the ground, but he said it’s a matter of time before the Mon becomes fully operational.
When Mon Valley became an open sewage sewer, the residents and businesses of the city were forced to relocate, Dennbush said.
But the city and county of Mon valley agreed to a partnership that will allow them to keep the Mon closed to the public.
If the Mon falls into disrepair, the entire system of wastewater treatment plants and wastewater treatment facilities would have to be shut down.
In response, Mon Valley was given a $1 million grant to repair and maintain the system.
But Dornbes plans to work with the state to get money for those repairs, as well as to replace the system and replace water and sewer lines that have been damaged.
For Mon Valley residents, this could be a long process.
They fear that a lack of maintenance could lead to more flooding.
“We’re really worried about that and that’s why we’re in a lot of fear,” Dennbeys said.