Orange Lifts Water Restrictions

By: Philip Stewart Email
By: Philip Stewart Email

November 2, 2007

Officials in Orange County said they received about 6 inches of much needed rain last week. And based on increased flow in an area river, they are lifting mandatory water restrictions.

"Based on the numbers we see that it is no longer necessary to continue with the water restrictions," said Cole Hendrix, City Manager of Orange.

The numbers Hendrix referred to come from the Rapidan River, the sole source of water for Orange.

A monitoring device in the river measures how many cubic feet of water is flowing. There's a set number for when water restrictions go into effect. But now, based on numbers from the past two weeks, water flow is going up, so the restrictions are coming down.

"We felt that we were in good shape that we wouldn't have a problem anytime soon," explained Hendrix. "In fact, we don't think we'll have anymore problems this year."

The restrictions are being lifted not only in the town of Orange, but also in the town of Gordonsville and the Route 15 corridor between the two.

But the announcement to lift the water restrictions comes just a week after the governor asked all Virginians to conserve water. So if you live in Orange, who should you be listening to?

"I'm sure the governor was really speaking fro the whole state," explained Hendrix. "There are lots of places in the state that are still having some difficulty and, in essence, that's what he was addressing."

And although the restrictions are being lifted, officials are still asking residents to conserve water when possible.

Also, while the water supply for residents in the town of Orange and Gordonsville is looking good, Hendrix said some residents in Orange County with wells, could still have some trouble with their water supply before the year's over.

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