Drought in Schools

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

Effects of the drought are visible here, but it could be worse. In Orange, the town council is not even positive there's enough water to open schools next week.

Gov. Warner has asked school systems to use paper products rather than washing dishes. But, local superintendents say it's not necessary here.

Here's a look at how much water is used when students are back to school. Last August, Harrisonburg used only 195 million gallons.

When JMU and other students came back in September, the city used 235 million gallons. In Rockingham County, the numbers actually went down when students went back to school.

"You'd be surprised how little water a school might use-you don't flush commodes every second-the school does house a lot of kids, but at the same time they're not heavy water users," Dr. John Kidd says.

If they do need to conserve water, the schools will stop watering athletic fields. And it will cost more money, but they can use paper products

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