Emergency restrictions could be lifted as Lake Chesdin rises

By Melissa Correa - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Could emergency water restrictions soon be lifted?  With all the rain- the Appomattox river is rising-- it feeds into the reservoir that provides water to hundreds of thousands of people.

The rain is coming down on Lake Chesdin, but conditions are still severe. Even though water levels have jumped up seven inches it's still 11 feet below the top of the dam. Emergency restrictions are still required.

Dark clouds are the silver lining for Lake Chesdin.

Reservoir director Chris Dawson says this week, water use is down by 10 million gallons a day.

"We're not out of the woods yet," said Dawson.  "We still have a ways to go to get to that recovery point where we know we're not going to start dropping off again."

Right now there's no noticeable difference.

As water passes through the Appomattox River the lake is expected to rise significantly, which means the five localities could go back to mandatory restrictions.

"If they would cooperate with us for a little while longer I think we will all get through this."

Chris Dawson suspects it will take another steady rainfall like the one we've seen over the last day and a half to make a dramatic impact.

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