Town lifts water conservation recommendations

By Katie Demeria

Front Royal lifted its request for residents to take part in voluntary water conservation practices this week.

A public notice was released this week informing residents of the update, according to Mike Kisner, superintendent of the town’s water treatment plant. The suggestions were put in place at the end of September.

The town draws from the south fork of the Shenandoah River. Kisner said that the flow has returned to a high enough level after recent precipitation, but the area is still in need of rain.

“Do we have enough to stay out of it for a period of time? I’m not sure, it depends on what kind of weather we get,” Kisner said of the possibilities of reinstating water conservation recommendations.

The river levels exceeded the 14-day average, which allowed the town to remove the water conservation request.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality requires the town enter conservation measures when levels reach a certain point.

The river received an additional 3 1/2 inches of rain after recent precipitation, according to Kisner.

The water conservation practices are purely voluntary and do not require the participation of town residents. It includes the reduction of practices such as watering lawns and encourages locals to turn off the tap while brushing their teeth, for example.

“I think what it does is it makes everyone aware of what’s going on, and when there’s some awareness out there it does help,” Kisner said.

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kdemeria@nvdaily.com