Town issues drought alert

Strasburg officials declared a drough-watch condition Friday and asked residents and businesses to conserve water.

Low-flow levels on the Shenandoah River prompted the town to issue the declaration.

The seven-day average flow as of Friday had dropped below 175 cubic feet per second. The town must declare a drought watch condition when the river flow falls below that threshold  under terms of  Strasburg’s Virginia Water Protection withdrawal permit issued by the Department of Environmental Quality as well as the provisions set forth by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Water Supply Plan.

Town officials encourage residents and businesses, including those on private wells, to begin voluntary conservation efforts to reduce water use inside and outside.