Drought On Its Way Out

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

June 26, 2006

Just last week, the Charlottesville area was dealing with a 12 inch deficit of rain. Now, that deficit has nearly been wiped away.

"It's not fully back to normal but I suspect if we continue to get the rain that's being forecasted, we may see normal conditions again in our streams," said Tom Frederick of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority.

Torrential rains have been the norm for the past several days alleviating some of the water worries in the area. Before Friday, streams were running at only 17 percent of the normal flow for this time of year. Just this morning, those same waterways were up to half the normal flow and rising. At this rate, Frederick said we should expect our reservoirs to be full again by the end of the week, setting up a sweet scenario.

"If it should turn dry again after all this rain passes, we will have all our storage available to help us get through the rest of the summer," Frederick said.

A scenario the RWSA could have never expected. Last week's predictions put this possible drought at the second worst in history, just behind 2002.

While the RWSA always asks people to conserve water, they say no measures are necessary at this time.

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