June 18, 2006
The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority is urging residents to voluntarily conserve water.
At the regular meeting Monday, the board declared the area under a Drought Watch. The move is aimed at making residents aware of the situation and asking them to reduce the amount of water they're using.
Currently the area is almost 12 inches below where it should be for rainfall levels. It's the first of three drought stages and officials say it's needed.
"It's based on a lot of data that we've looked at, based on what's going on in our streams and rivers. They are highly abnormally low at this point in time. In fact, as of yesterday the Mechums River had their stream gages flowing at 17 percent of the normal flow this time of year," said RSWA Executive Director Tom Frederick.
The measure could become mandatory depending on the amount of rainfall we get over the next few weeks.