Lake Chesdin's water levels are down. Soon, authorities will decide if mandatory water restrictions should be in place.
Normally at Lake Chesdin, one can see water rushing over the dam into the Appomattox river. Now it's bare, and people are saying - even with a new policy in place - the low water levels aren't getting any better.
After the Fall of 2010, authorities began limiting the water that's released to keep Lake Chesdin from going dry.
Still, Lake Chesdin is currently down by four feet, which qualifies as a "moderate" drought.
"There's just too many people using water and there's not enough water," said Chesterfield resident Frank Arrigo. He's lived on the Appomattox River for over fifty years. "It's getting worse. There's more people using the water than rain we're getting."
The executive director of the Appomattox River Water Authority agrees. Robert Wichser said there's not enough water coming in to satisfy the river and the consumers.
"Stream flow into the reservoir, that's usually from a wet weather and precipitation, is down considerably," he said.
The drought has kept folks on the lake and those on the river at odds. Arrigo says keep the water flowing into the river, while Lake Chesdin customers say keep the water where they can see it and drink it.
As for the possibility of water restrictions, Chesterfield County has had voluntary restrictions in place since June. The River Water Authority will discuss mandatory restrictions at its meeting Thursday, August 16.
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