Emergency Water Conservation Measures Just Hours Away for Appomattox River Water Authority.
The U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly report by experts across the country, shows that 89 percent of Virginia is either abnormally dry or suffering from drought. That’s up from 68 percent a week ago…and as Charles Fishburne reports, the Appomattox River Water Authority is just inches…and hours away, from passing their emergency trigger point.
The Authority has already asked its members to declare mandatory water restrictions, now in effect in Chesterfield, but it has not been enough.
Dawson: We're seeing portions of the lake bottom that have not been seen since the lake filled up the first time in 1967.
Chris Dawson is General Manager of the Authority. He says the water level in Lake Chesdin late yesterday was minus 132 inches, which is three inches away from emergency restrictions.
Dawson: No lawn watering of any kind, no landscape watering of any kind, with public water not even on for golf courses.
The Authority sells water to Chesterfield and four other localities, but their problems reflect a state-wide drought that could prompt action at the state level as well.
Hayden: We're currently in a drought watch. The next stage is drought warning.
Bill Hayden at the State Department of Environmental Quality says they are monitoring the situation on a daily basis.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News