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Drought Monitoring

Prolonged periods of drought have environmental, economical and social consequences.
Droughts directly affect both the quantity and quality of drinking water supplies.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Office of Drinking Water (ODW) is one of 12 partners
monitoring drought conditions and its effects in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These monitoring
efforts are lead by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) through a group
called the Drought Monitoring Task Force (DMTF).

Under the DMTF, the ODW is responsible for monitoring and reporting the operational status of
waterworks as it relates to drought conditions.

ODW’s DMTF Latest Report

As of August, 2014, there are no Public Drinking Water Systems operating under voluntary or
mandatory water use restrictions in Virginia. However, the High Country Horse Camp (PWSID
1173265) closed because their well went dry. This was a shallow well with a depth of
approximately 80 feet. It is unclear if the situation is a result of abnormally dry conditions in
Smyth County.

ODW’s Drought Monitoring map and trend are illustrated below. The map (left) reflects the
percentage of public surface water sources operating under drought restrictions within the main
river basins of Virginia. The trend (right) shows the amount of waterworks that have been
affected by drought conditions since March, 2002. Click the illustrations to enlarge the image.

Map Trend

Other useful links

A copy of the full Drought Status Report, generated by the DMTF, can be obtained at:

Information about national drought conditions can be obtained at:


Last Updated: 08-28-2014

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