With the flow in the Yadkin River approaching the low levels experienced during the 2002 drought, the City/County Utilities Division is asking residents, businesses and institutions in Forsyth County to immediately begin practicing voluntary water conservation until further notice.
The Yadkin River supplies 80 percent of the county’s water. "We’ve experienced the lowest July flows that we’ve seen over the last 10 years" said Ron Hargrove, the deputy director of the City/County Utilities Division. During July 2008, the river flow has averaged 553 cubic feet per second, compared with a normal (non-drought) flow of 1,659 cubic feet per second.
"Although the occasional thunderstorm will temporarily raise the flow of the river, we are seeing it drop much more quickly than in the past," Hargrove said. "Overall, we have not had enough rain to recharge the water table and sustain the river after the drought last summer."
In addition to the diminished river level, the decision to request voluntary water conservation took into consideration the outlook for precipitation and seasonal and long-term weather patterns, Hargrove said.
Under voluntary conservation, all Utilities customers are encouraged to curb water use by following these conservation measures:
- Limit watering of lawns, landscaping and other vegetation to no more than an hour a day and avoid watering between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Repair all leaky faucets and toilets.
- Shower for no more than 5 minutes instead of bathtub bathing.
- Turn off faucets while shaving, brushing teeth or rinsing dishes.
- Operate washing machines and dishwashers only with full loads.
- Limit vehicle washing.
- Refrain from hosing off sidewalks, patios and driveways.
- Refrain from filling swimming and wading pools.
More conservation tips are available online at www.wateruseitwisely.com. Customers with questions about water conservation should call City Link at 727-8000.
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