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 October, 2014, one waterworks is operating under voluntary water use restrictions in Virginia. The impacted waterworks is the Town of Front Royal (PWSID 2187406). They serve a population of about 15,000 in Warren County. The waterworks asked their customers to initiate voluntary conservation measures on September 30, 2014, due to low flow conditions in the South Fork Shenandoah River.
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.
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