The recent dry weather and lack of forecasted significant rainfall in western Virginia could lead to a call for voluntary water conservation in the metro Richmond area. The Richmond region is supplied water by the James River basin, the largest watershed in the State. Water levels locally are affected when there are dry conditions and lack of rainfall within the drainage basin.
In the event river levels in the James reach the stage for conservation measures, an advisory will be issued asking all residents in the City of Richmond and surrounding counties to voluntarily reduce water usage.
Though we are specifically talking about low river levels, water conservation should be an everyday practice for all residents and businesses. Conserving water is an important tool in reducing water demand. Water conservation tips can be found: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/office-of-drinking-water/water-conservation-tips/.