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Drought Warning Condition


As a result of low river flow levels, the Town of Strasburg hereby declares a Drought Warning Condition and encourages all residents and businesses to begin voluntary water conservation measures.

In accordance with the Virginia Water Protection withdrawal permit issued by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the provisions set forth by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Water Supply Plan, the Town of Strasburg is required to follow a drought response plan. 


Drought Response

River Flow (cfs)



Drought Watch

175 to 116

Drought Warning

115 to 91

Drought Emergency



Should river flow levels fall below a seven day moving average of 115 cubic feet/second (cfs), the Town of Strasburg will declare a Drought Warning Condition.  Users, are encouraged to continue the Drought Watch measures and observe additional Drought Warning voluntary water conservation actions. 


Drought Watch Recommendations

All water users are encouraged to:

·         Reduce or eliminate outside watering and take other steps to reduce outside water consumption, such as:

o   Mow lawns to 2 inches or more and leave clippings (higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper to hold soil moisture better than closely clipped lawn).

o   Use mulch around plants to reduce evaporation.

o   Aerate lawn to reduce evaporation.

o   Avoid over fertilizing your lawn. Fertilizer applications increase the need for water. Apply fertilizers that contain slow‐release, water‐insoluble forms of nitrogen.

o   Place rain barrels under gutter downspouts to collect water for plants, car washing, or general cleaning projects.

o   Plant native or dry‐loving (xeric) plants in landscaping.

o   Avoid washing cars and other vehicles.

·         Reduce inside water usage by:

o   Using automatic dishwasher only when load is full.

o   Installing faucet aerators, low-flow shower heads, and water efficient toilets.

o   Avoiding running water to get cold temperature; keep a pitcher of cold water in the refrigerator.

o   Minimizing use of garbage disposals.

o   Limiting showers to 5 to 10 minutes / day / person.

o   Wrapping hot water heater and pipes with insulating material.


Additional Drought Warning Recommendations:

In addition to the Drought Watch recommendations all water users are encouraged to:

o   Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways, walks and patios.

o   Not wash hard surfaces or buildings.

o   Turn off ornamental fountains or other such structures, unless the water is recycled.

o   Reduce lawn watering to no more than 2 times a week, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.

o   Reduce vegetable garden watering by watering only when needed, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.

o   Apply water directly to plant by using soil-soakers or drip irrigation.  Avoid the use of sprinklers.

o   Not plant new landscaping or grass.


It should be noted that these are voluntary water conservation measures.  Should additional, mandatory measures be required, citizens will be notified.  Please contact the Town office with any questions, and monitor the Town’s website and social media outlets for additional information.

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