WEST JEFFERSON-Town leaders made the call this week to ask West Jefferson’s business owners and residents to scale back on their water usage as much of the southeast battles drought.
“The Town of West Jefferson, due to the extremely dry conditions and the possibility of a water leak, is requesting that all residents and businesses reduce water usage by 5%,” according to an email issued by West Jefferson Town Manager Brantley Price on Nov. 18. “We encourage you to check all of your restrooms, sinks & outdoor faucets for any leaks or continuous running.”
Price urged anyone that notices an unusual wet area around town should contact town hall at 336-246-3551.
“Once we see our water levels rise we will let you know,” Price said.
According to the North Carolina Drought Advisory Council, Ashe County is among 13 North Carolina counties facing moderate drought conditions. According to the agency’s Nov. 15, report, communities facing moderate drought conditions should:
- Adhere to local water use restrictions.
- Participate, as appropriate, in regional and local coordination for the management of water resources.
- Stay informed on drought conditions and advisories (www.ncdrought.org).
- Project water needs and available water supply for a ninety day period from the issuance of this advisory.
- Assess your vulnerability to the drought conditions and adjust water usage to prolong available supply.
- Inspect water delivery system components (e.g. irrigation lines, fixtures, processing equipment, water system lines, etc.), repair leaks and ensure that existing equipment is operating as efficiently as possible.
- Minimize nonessential uses of water.
- Implement available public awareness and educational outreach programs emphasizing the need to conserve water.
But nearly a quarter of the state’s counties – including Watauga and Avery Counties – are facing severe, extreme or exceptional drought conditions.
Forest fires throughout Appalachia, particular in southwestern North Carolina, are battling multiple forest fires that have destroyed more than 100,000 acres to date.
Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058.