Residents in Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover and parts of Goochland may soon be asked to conserve water.
Water levels on the James River have dropped in recent weeks, causing the localities to issue the Ready Alert notification to residents. The notification means levels have dropped to 1,800 cfs (cubic feet per second) and that residents will likely be asked to start conserving water.
The current 14 day average for the natural river flow level is 1,803 cfs, according to Richmond's Department of Public Utilities. Voluntary conservation measures are undertaken when the James River drops to 1,700 cfs.
Officials say the added concern is partially because of fish.
"It's called a fall fish migratory season," explained Angela Fountain with Richmond Utilities. "We want to make sure we have enough water in the James River that shad and other species are able to migrate from the James River eventually to the Chesapeake Bay."
Fountain is hoping residents will consider conserving water now, to help..
"Some things that we encourage our residents to do is maybe take shorter showers," said Fountain. "You would be surprised. You know, shortening your shower by just 15 minutes how much water that can save."
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