August 24, 2006
It's been a dry, hot summer and now water levels are running low in local streams and reservoirs.
That's why on Thursday the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority asked people to voluntarily conserve more water, especially when it comes to outdoor use, like watering your lawn.
Rivanna water officials say the water supply is running very low, but demand rose sharply this week. On Wednesday more than 14 million gallons were used. That's a new record for the area.
Officials are hoping to reduce water usage by as much as two million gallons a day. They said that could be possible if area residents made a point to use less water around the house.
Rivanna says the goal is to conserve enough water so that local reservoirs will be back to full levels by next spring.
They also said they are not ruling out the possibility of a mandatory restriction on water usage. That could happen if the area gets any drier.