Drought Assessment and Water Supply Response

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Leesburg experienced dry conditions in 2007, and we are uncertain what precipitation might fall each year. Currently, the Potomac River, which is our water supply, is flowing at an adequate level. As a result, customers within our service area have no restrictions regarding water use.

On April 8, 2008, Town Council adopted the Town of Leesburg Drought Assessment and Water Supply Response Plan (Ordinance No. 2008-O-08) which explains the conditions or triggers that would require the Town to restrict delivery and consumption of water. The plan's purpose is to conserve and protect the available water supply for domestic water use, sanitation, and fire protection, to protect and preserve public health, and to minimize the impact of a limited water supply during declared emergency situations.

The Town has elected to follow the criteria as set forth in the Metropolitan Washington Water Supply and Drought Awareness Response Plan. In June 2000, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s (COG) Board approved their plan, which is comprised of four distinct stages of water supply and drought awareness. The COG Drought Coordination Committee developed the plan primarily for those utilities that use the Potomac River for their water supply. The stages are from least severe to most severe and include: Normal, Watch, Warning, and Emergency.

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