Water Shortage Response Plan and Policy Public Comments Welcomed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WATER SHORTAGE RESPONSE PLAN AND POLICY PUBLIC COMMENTS WELCOMED
The Town of Southern Pines is updating its Water Shortage Response Plan and Policy. This policy is used to initiate or rescind various stages of water use restrictions depending upon the availability of water for customers. The existing plan utilizes the flow of water (cubic feet per second) in Drowning Creek to determine the stage of restriction. The proposed new policy will utilize the combined volume of the two raw water reservoirs as the method for determining the level of conservation measures requested or required.
The updating of the policy is due to the fact that the Town has recently completed, and nearly filled, its new 140 million gallon raw water reservoir storage facility. In the past, the Town only had the capacity of a 20 million gallon raw water reservoir for storage and therefore was very dependent on the daily flow of Drowning Creek to provide the raw water required to meet the demands of the water customers. The new raw water reservoir, combined with the old raw water reservoir provides much more storage capacity and hence the move to the new policy.
Please visit the Town’s web page at www.southernpines.net to view the proposed policy, or call David White, Assistant Town Manager, at 692.2463 to receive a copy of the policy. Public comments are welcome. Please provide your feedback by September 4, 2012.