PURCELLVILLE, Va. November 18, 2016— On Thursday, November 17, 2016, the National Weather Service revised its drought condition for the region, indicating that most areas of Loudoun County, including Purcellville, are now considered in a “Moderate Drought” condition. For the Town of Purcellville specifically, staff has been carefully monitoring levels at the Town’s reservoir, which normally supplies about half of the Town’s daily water supply.
Due to the lack of rain in and around Town, the reservoir has not refilled to its normal levels as typically occurs this time of year. Staff has taken a number of precautionary measures to ensure the Town’s water supply remains steady, including: increased well production throughout Town; reduced amount of water pulled from the reservoir to ensure long-term supply reserves; suspended bulk water sales; and contacted local partners to ensure no significant, unnecessary water use occurs, such as for Fire Department trainings or hydrant flushing.
The Town also takes this opportunity to ask residents to use water wisely and cautiously. While no voluntary or mandatory water restrictions have been declared, residents can continue to use wise water measures by avoiding outside watering of landscaping, limiting the washing of vehicles, and ensuring no water leaks on your property.
The Town continues to monitor the drought condition and future rain forecasts closely. The Town’s springs, which flow into the reservoir or directly to the water treatment plant, continue to flow and provide water, although not enough to replenish the reservoir at this time. It is hoped that additional rain in the coming weeks will alleviate the drought conditions and eliminate any need for formal water restrictions.
For any questions, please contact the Town at 540-338-7421.