National Drought Mitigation Center

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Drought warning, mandatory restrictions for Charlottesville-Albemarle County area in Virginia
11/14/2017 12:00:00 AM

Relief, Response & Restrictions
Water Supply & Quality
Albemarle County, VA
Charlottesville, VA

Start Date: 10/5/2017 - End Date: 11/21/2017
Since the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir reached capacity on Nov. 1 and stayed full for two weeks, the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority felt that the water restrictions for Albemarle County and Charlottesville were no longer needed. Mandatory restrictions in Albemarle County could end as soon as Nov. 17 and in Charlottesville as early as Nov. 21. Charlottesville Daily Progress (Va.), Nov. 14, 2017 A drought warning and mandatory restrictions were in effect for Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville as of Oct. 12. On Oct. 11, the county Board of Supervisors and the City Council both approved requests by the Albemarle County Service Authority and the city utility to implement mandatory restrictions. Conservation was needed because the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir had been declining, but has since stabilized at 44 percent of capacity. The Charlottesville Daily Progress (Va.), Oct. 11, 2017 The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority declared a drought warning for the Charlottesville-Albemarle County area because the water level of the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir continued to fall. WVIR-TV NBC29 (Charlottesville, Va.), Oct. 5, 2017