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City of Winchester Discontinues Drought Watch

12 November 2017 Community News

Due to improved conditions in the Shenandoah River, City Manager Eden Freeman has officially discontinued the Drought Watch issued in September.

“Thanks to the much needed rains the area received over the last several weeks, the flows in the North Fork have increased to levels that are average for this time of year,” explained the City’s Public Services Director Perry Eisenach.  “The soil moisture levels in the city have also dramatically improved as a result of the rain we received.”

The months of September and October are usually the area’s driest months and when the river levels are typically the lowest. On September 29, Winchester City Manager, Eden Freeman, issued a Drought Watch in accordance with the City’s Drought Response Plan due to the decreased flows in the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, where the City draws its water supply.

“The City greatly appreciates all efforts made by residents and businesses over the past few weeks to help conserve water and help improve the drought conditions,” stated Eden Freeman.

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