Strasburg declares a drought watch

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The Town of Strasburg declared a drought watch and is encouraging voluntary water conservation measures.

The low river flow levels caused the town to follow the drought response plan as outlined by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Water Supply and the Virginia Water Protection withdrawal permit issued by the Department of Environmental Quality.

All citizens including those with a private well are encouraged to reduce water consumption.

Some measures recommended include reducing or eliminating outside watering, avoiding washing cars, limiting showers to 5 to 10 minutes per person, and only running the dishwasher when its full among other water conservation methods.

There are more water saving methods found here.

Monitor the Town’s social media and website regarding the status of the drought watch.

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Frederick County Recycling Annual Rain Barrel Sale

Frederick County Recycling will hold its annual Rain Barrel Sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Fri., April 1 at the Stephenson Citizens’ Convenience Site, 235 Hot Run Drive. The location is directly next to the Stonewall Park Ballfields along Stephenson Road. 55-gallon recycled plastic rain barrels come complete with an insect screen, lid, overflow hose and easy set-up instructions. Barrels sell for $60 each payable on the day of the event by cash or check.

“Frederick County’s annual barrel sales provide area gardeners the opportunity to conserve a valuable natural resource at an affordable price,” said Gloria Puffinburger, Frederick County’s solid waste manager. “Plants and lawns actually prefer rainwater to treated water. Rain barrels lessen the demand on our central water system and wells during dry, summer months.”

No reservations please. Barrels will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

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Front Royal request water conservation

The town of Front Royal is asking town water customers to voluntarily conserve water.

Asking residents to reduce water consumption as much as possible due to low river levels.

The town offers some conservation tips at their website frontroyalva.com.

You can contact the town’s water treatment plant with any questions as well as additional water conservation tips at (540) 636-7474.

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