Water Shortage

Drought, Durham, North Carolina, Water Shortage Comments Off on Water Shortage

For Christmas this year, my six year old son got a Scientific Explorer’s My First Weather Science and Learning Kit. On Saturday I helped him put it up in our back yard. We had good timing because Sunday we had the most rain we’ve had in a while. At our house in my son’s weather station, we recorded one and 7/16 inches of rain. Compare that to the entire month of November when my wife and I recorded only 2 rainfails of 0.1 and 0.2 inches each! I had been wondering if this had affected the water supply in Durham and after looking at the city web page about water supply I see that indeed it has. According to the city this is what our water supply look like:

Current days of supply

Using the weekly average demand for Dec. 24 – Dec. 30, 2007 of 17.37 MGD:

  • Lake Michie and Little River combined, 60 days of supply of easily accessible, premium water
  • Teer Quarry, 30 days of supply (anticipated online late December).
  • Lake Michie & Little River combined, 59 days of less accessible water below the intake structures
  • Total days of supply = 149

This is a far cry better than the around 36 or so days we previously had in the Lake Michie and Little River reservoirs. And, even though it messes up my ability to go mountain biking, here’s hoping it rains again and soon!

Southern Durham

Durham, North Carolina Comments Off on Southern Durham

For a while now, I’ve been reading quite a few good blogs about Durham.  They do a great job.  They all, however, for whatever reason, tend to concentrate on downtown Durham.  While I think that’s great, I also think that southern Durham tends to get left out a bit.  For that reason, I decided to start my own blog.  I’m not going to try to keep up with other Durham blogs because really, what’s the point there.  I would, however, like to talk about things that those of who live in southern Durham deal with like the American Tobacco Trail bridge of I-40, Herndon Park, the upcoming move of the Parkwood Library and of course the ever expanding area around Southpoint mall.  I won’t claim to be complete or even correct, but I would like to at least provide a southern Durham perspective on things, or if you will, a Southern Kind of Life.  Wish me luck!

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