Kennel owner conserves water, as well runs dry

Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 6:54 PM EDT
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Despite recent rain, homeowners and businesses continue to feel the impact of this year’s drought.

Chris Cowett-Robinson, owner of Critter Hill Kennel in Presque Isle, says the low water level in her well has resulted in her family having to conserve whenever they can. She’s resorted to taking laundry to the laundromat and has installed receptacles to capture rainwater for livestock. This, in an effort to reserve what water they do have for things like cooking, bathing and use in the business.

“Any given weekend I have 12 kennels and they’re usually - I’m usually full every weekend. So it’s - it’s busy and it takes a lot of water to do what I do. Between laundry and dishes and kennel cleaning and pressure washing, disinfecting - it all takes a lot of water, so my kennel has been my number one priority in keeping my business hydrated,” says Chris Cowett-Robinson.

The facility also serves as a dog daycare during the week. Robinson says she’s been experiencing problems with her well most of the summer. Like others, she’s hopeful rain will continue in coming weeks, and that her well will recover before the ground freezes this winter.

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