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!