A restriction on the town’s water withdrawals from the Eno River, in place since September, has been lifted, but customers are urged to continue conserving water.
The town’s West Fork Eno Reservoir remains several feet below the level set before the ongoing Phase II project to increase its capacity. The reservoir’s level had already been lowered prior to the area’s historically drier months due to construction for the expansion project. The reservoir’s existing water level was being maintained about 4 to 5 feet lower than normal to accommodate construction, equating to an estimated 88 days less of available capacity.
Because of the lower reservoir level, the town is leaving voluntary use restrictions in place to maintain the minimum release for river flow required by the Eno River Capacity Management Use Agreement and to allow reservoir levels to recover with future rainfall. The voluntary water use restrictions were put in place by a proclamation issued Sept. 25.
“Since the voluntary water use restrictions were announced in September, the reservoir rainfall has measured at 7.6 inches, and its level has observed a net 1.5-foot increase,” said Hillsborough Utilities Director Marie Strandwitz. “We still need our customers’ assistance in allowing the reservoir to recharge to its Phase 1 normal level, which is an additional nine or so feet. When full, this equates to nearly 365 days of storage at a typical average daily water use of 1.1 million gallons per day while releasing the minimum amount to support the Eno River flow.”
Hillsborough customers are encouraged to use the water conservation tips provided in the document below to reduce water usage to 10% below pre-restrictions levels.