Rains make water restrictions for Richmond unlikely

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As a result of all the rain west of Richmond Sunday, the current water levels in the James River are expected to be more than 5 feet overnight into Tuesday, after having dropped to as low at 3.35 feet in recent weeks.

The City of Richmond is still in the Ready Alert stage, according to Angela Fountain of the Department of Public Utilities. "The rain over the weekend did not give us much of a bump.  The water levels as of today are at 1,257 cubic feet per second which has not yet reached the voluntary trigger level of 1,200 cfs."

This past Monday, the City of Richmond, along with the counties of Henrico, Hanover and Goochland, were at the Ready Alert stage of announcing water conservation measures. Voluntary conservation measures are expected to be announced on Friday, August 12.

Low water levels in the James River last week necessitate the issuance of voluntary compliance measures to assist local governments in providing water to all customers in the region, while also meeting the requirements of the James River Regional Flow Management Plan, according to the DPU.

This plan would call for the implementation of voluntary conservation measures once water levels in the James River reach Natural River Flow (NRF) 14-day rolling average of 1,200 cfs (cubic feet per second) or approximately 3.4 feet of depth at the Richmond-Westham Gauge.

For additional information, specific to localities, contact:
County of Chesterfield Customer Service 748-1291
County of Goochland Public Utilities 556-5835
County of Hanover Public Utilities 365-6024
County of Henrico Customer Service 501-4275
City of Richmond Customer Care Center 644-3000