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Conservation urged as Quabbin Reservoir dips 'below normal'

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BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts officials are urging water conservation after the massive reservoir in the central part of the state that supplies much of greater Boston dipped to "below normal" levels.

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority announced Tuesday that the Quabbin Reservoir dropped below 80 percent capacity for the first time in about 13 years last weekend.

The 39-square mile Quabbin holds 412 billion gallons of water when full.

The MWRA says there is still four years supply of water in the reservoir and a long way to go before it reaches "drought warning" stage at 65 percent capacity.

Much of Massachusetts is in extreme drought. MWRA chief Fred Laskey tells the Boston Herald because it's unclear how much longer drought conditions will persist, it's best to err on the side of caution.

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