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Drought Watch Condition


As a result of low river flow levels, the Town of Strasburg hereby declares a Drought Watch 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 175 cubic feet/second (cfs), the Town of Strasburg will declare a Drought Watch Condition.  All citizens, including private well users, are encouraged to begin voluntary water conservation actions. 

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   Use automatic dishwasher only when load is full.

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

            o   Avoid running water to get cold temperature; keep a pitcher of cold water in fridge.

            o   Minimize use of garbage disposals.

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

            o   Wrap hot water heater and pipes with insulating material.

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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