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Who Else Is Running Out Of Water?

Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by Robb, September 18, 2002.

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    1. Robb

      Robb Explorer Addict

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      It has been a rough summer fo Va. Temps have been higher than normal, and rain seems to have just disappeared. So now, it is drought time. Now, when we do get rain, it gets absorbed where we wish it would run off, and runs off where we wish it would get absorbed. In my opinion, authorities have been way to slow to respond to the situation. Basically, it is too late now and the situation is only going to get worse for awhile. People in my area always have the opinion that the mighty James River will always provide enough. Well, the mighty James is looking more like a creek right now. Smaller tributaries and reservoirs are looking even worse.

      In Henrico County, we have some mandatory restrictions like:
      -Watering of shrubs or trees, limited to 3 days a week (by address) and a max of 5 gal.
      -No home car washing
      -No filling of pools or fountains
      -Water offered in restaurants only by request
      -And of course a bunch of stupid stuff like washing your house and such

      In Orange County Va (about 30 minutes away) they got new restrictions yesterday. They added:
      -Limit of 1 (3minute) shower per person per day
      -No fountain drinks in restaurants
      -A few other little things

      I am just starting to worry about how bad this drought can get. It could get a lot rougher than many here are thinking it is.

      OK, I'm just rambling, it is a slow morning here at work. Just wondering what the situation is across the US. You guys dealing with droughts? How bad?

      Robb
       
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    3. ok89

      ok89 Well-Known Member

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      Drought? Whats that? I'm waiting for it to go more than 2 days without raining here.
       
    4. RON COX

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      Lake Mead is about 10' lower than usual and someone was telling me that the boat ramps are out of the water and have been closed. We haven't been restricted like that though. 2 weeks ago we received our first measurable rainfall for the year and I doubt we will get much more rain this year. Scary!
       
    5. Nick C.

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      about 3 weeks ago here in Frederick we had 36 days of water left. It's rained since but I know better to think it did any good. I'm a little worried myself but the I drive to the county over and theres a landscaping business using a firehose to water grass so apparently someones not too worried.
       
    6. Rick

      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      This is what's going on in AZ: http://www.arizonarepublic.com/drought/

      Even though we are in a MAJOR drought there are no restrictions on private households fore watering, car washing etc.

      Our state government is so short sighted it's pathetic.
       
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    7. Robb

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      Here, new sod can be watered for the first ten days, then falls into the 3 day a week category. I don't think anyone is attempting to put seed down, but who knows.

      I have seen hydrents opened by the county and left running. I guess it some flushing procedure or something. I saw on the news that the county HAS to do that and requestied that people stop calling the county and complaining.:p

      Robb
       
    8. Mike

      Mike Moderator Emeritus Moderator Emeritus

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      i think we are gona have a bad bad bad winter thisyear.... think of 95-96 winter when the northeast had all that snow... and the summer before was just like this year.... hot and dry..
       
    9. '96explorereddiebauer

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      Heh...Robb, ya think it's bad over there. Here in Chapel Hill, NC, any outdoor use of water is BANNED!!!! It's illegal to use water other than fighting fires.
       
    10. ahhjaws

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      Pretty much all of Colorado is dead. Or burning.
       
    11. yob_yeknom

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      VERY dry here... :(
       
    12. Maniak

      Maniak Moderator-Stock 91-94 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Running out of water?

      Both or our wells have been dry since September last year.

      For 6 months I used the X to pull our trailer with 210 gallons of water (got water from town every 2 days or so)..

      Now our wellshare has a big truck (I get to drive it for the first time tonight) and we get 2000 gallons of water every 2 days (this if for 10 families) from 10 miles away (closest town)

      We have been using the big truck (1973 Ford c700) for about 4 months..

      As of last week both wells are still dry.. (and we have had 6+" of rain this year so far)..

      The wells are 585 feet and 625 feet (give or take a few)..

      According to a hydrologist(sp?) we have a 50/50 chance of finding good water by 1000 feet..

      it costs $16/foot just to dig the hole..

      We are looking at getting a "deep" well.. 2500 feet.. through the bedrock.. but thats $50k+ (even if we divide it among all the people out here that still about $3k a family (very few people can afford that in this economic down turn).

      So yes.. places are running out of water..
       
    13. VBVA

      VBVA Go Dukes!

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      I think God is teasing us. Everyday it seems to get hotter and more humid up here in the mountains. And everyday some nasty thunderheads build up in the valley and not a single drop of rain falls. Back home (VA Beach) it has been raining a lot. Thunderstorms, tropical storms, and just rain! We can't get a drop up here in H-burg! We have restrictions on our water at school. Since Gov. Warner has imposed restrictions on the whole state, President of the University made it damn near impossible to do anything with water. And me, being an RA, has to enforce the 8 minute shower rule. I hate. I just want it to dump buckets for 2 weeks and get this damn drought over with already. And like Mikke said, watch it get really nasty this winter, thats just what we need :eek:
       
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      I thought the governor replaced our county restriction with a new one where no watering of the lawn is allowed :confused:

      I haven't been watering my lawn in weeks. But what the heck. I anyhow could not put any weedcontrol down this summer because of the drought, and it seams that this darn crapgrass and all sorts of weed survives also without water :frustrate Just the lawn is pretty much gone. [​IMG]
       

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