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While public and private water supplies are in good shape at this time, conditions could deteriorate as the spring and summer seasons develop.
In response to the existing conditions and to increase public awareness of the potential for a significant drought event, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has issued a "Drought Watch" advisory for Orange County and the surrounding areas.
Customers are asked to employ water conserving measures on a voluntary basis. The objective is to reduce water use by 5 percent. The following actions are requested to minimize non-essential water use as much as possible by: repairing leaks, reducing the watering of lawns and landscapes, reducing vehicle washing, reducing outdoor water use, turning off water when brushing teeth and shaving, take a shower instead of baths, use washing machines and dishwashers when you have a full load and install water-saver devices in homes.
Should drought conditions worsen or a prolonged water emergency occur, the Town Manager is authorized to implement further restrictive measures to conserve water.