Local Water Sources More Drought-Resistant Than Others


AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- While Monday was wet day in the Valley, 17 rural communities in California are dangerously low on water as a drought continues.

"All living things are dependent upon water and you can't go very long without it," said Jim Lam, a farmer, who has been through bad drought before, "I remember we had to haul hay in from other parts of the country, and feed supplies and stuff."

Lam said that was in the 1970s, but in California, those communities are just months away from a severe water shortage.

"Hopefully it'll rain, but who knows," said California Gov. Jerry Brown.

"We feel like we're relatively drought-proof here," said Ken Fanfoni, the executive director of the Augusta County Service Authority.

A wet morning in the Valley, but even if the raindrops stopped for a long period of time we likely would not see the same impact that they are in California.

Fanfoni said that's mainly because of groundwater.

"Our ability to withstand droughts are less likely to affect us as it would somewhere that's more of a surface water -based system," said Fanfoni.

Still, Lam said it doesn't hurt to conserve as much as you can.

"When we go to the spigot and turn it on, someday there might not be water there. I hope it wouldn't come to that, but it's always a possibility," said Lam

The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission has worked with Augusta and Rockingham counties, as well as the cities and towns within, to publish a drought response plan for the region.


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