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Mandatory water restrictions possible in Louisa

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Louisa County Water Authority’s storage tower at Zion Crossroads, one of two areas of the county that would be affected by a proposed water emergency.

With no sign of substantial rain in the forecast, the Louisa County Water Authority met last night to consider mandatory water restrictions for customers.

Pam Baughman, LCWA general manager, said she would recommend implementing a water supply emergency. The Louisa County Board of Supervisors, which meets next on Oct. 16, has the power to impose the restrictions.

The water level at Northeast Creek Reservoir, the source of drinking water for the towns of Louisa and Mineral and some county residents and businesses, is two feet below where it should be at this point in October. The average level in monitoring wells at Zion Crossroads is eight feet below the level recorded one year ago.

“We were talking about [declaring an emergency] last week but we were hoping Hurricane Nate would bring a lot of rain over the weekend,” Baughman said. “That didn’t happen. The forecast is calling for three-tenths of an inch of rain this week – that’s not enough.

“We feel the water level warrants restrictions, but we’re not in jeopardy of running out of water. Two feet isn’t critical. But at this time of year we should be seeing some recovery,” she said.

To read the entire story, see the Oct. 12 edition of The Central Virginian