Responses to a Drought Watch Declaration

The following responses will generally be made upon declaration of a statewide or regional Drought Watch by the Virginia Drought Coordinator:

 
  • The Virginia Drought Coordinator will issue a press release indicating the reasons for the declaration.
  • The Virginia Drought Coordinator will notify all local governments within the drought watch area of drought watch status.
  • The Virginia Drought Coordinator will report the drought watch declaration to the Governor’s Cabinet and request the assistance of all state agencies in the implementation of the drought response plan.
  • The Virginia Department of Health will inform all public waterworks within the drought watch area of drought watch status.
  • The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service will cooperate with all state agencies owning or controlling impoundments and/or river access to identify sources that may be used by livestock producers for emergency livestock watering during declared drought emergencies. VCE will inform livestock producers of these opportunities and will provide contact information necessary to access these sources.
  • The DMTF will continue to monitor statewide moisture conditions and provide monthly reports of drought conditions to the Virginia Drought Coordinator who will update the Governor’s Cabinet.
  • The DMTF will make monthly reports of drought conditions available to media outlets within the drought watch area.
  • The Virginia Drought coordinator will encourage all public waterworks and self-supplied water users who withdraw more than 10,000 gallons per day to develop or review existing drought water conservation and contingency plans.
  • All DMTF agencies will include water conservation information on their websites and will distribute water conservation information as broadly as possible.
  • All executive branch agencies and institutions will review existing drought water conservation and contingency plans or develop new plans with the goal of reducing water usage by 15% during declared drought emergencies.
  • VDH will continue monitoring problems incurred by public water works on a monthly basis.
  • VDH will encourage all public waterworks to aggressively pursue leak detection and repair programs.
  • Local governments and public waterworks may impose water use restrictions consistent with local water supply conditions at any time.

 

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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