Albemarle and Charlottesville officials urge community to conserve water

Dry conditions throughout the area have prompted both Albemarle County and Charlottesville to issue press releases this week to urge community members to conserve water. 

“Recovery from moderate drought-like conditions may take several months, depending on the amount of rain we receive and the severity of the dry conditions in the watershed,” reads the press release that Albemarle sent out

The press release on the Charlottesville website states that between 10 and 12 million gallons are consumed each day by urban customers of the city’s utility department and the Albemarle County Service Authority. Both entities purchase treated water from the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority. 

“Guided by a long-term water supply plan completed by our community in 2012, RWSA has been constructing infrastructure to increase the water supply for our community in preparation for growth and extended droughts caused by uncertain climate conditions,” reads the press release that that agency sent out.

In today’s daily report on the levels of the reservoirs, the urban reservoirs are at 92.11 percent of useful capacity. 

The message suggests reporting plumbing leaks, short showers, and running only full loads in dishwashers and washing machines. 

The RWSA Board of Directors next meet on September 26. 

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