So, now that our reservoirs are full, Durham has moved from Stage IV water restrictions to Stage III. (ref) Stage III restrictions state that no person shall “[i]ntroduce water into any decorative fountain, pool or pond except where the water is recycled.” I wonder if the little fountain we have in our front flower garden, that has been sitting idle for months would qualify as one “where the water is recycled”. You put water in it and then the water goes up and then it comes down. Of course, it does then evaporate fairly quickly so it’s probably not a good idea to run it. Also, the ordinance adds that no person shall “[u]se water for any unnecessary purpose” and a fountain in the front yard, while nice, really isn’t necessary. So, we’ll probably leave it as is, but I did wonder.
My son and I ate supper at Elmo’s Diner last night and I noticed they had an innovative way to politely let customers indicate that they’d like to help save water (see picture). I asked one of the managers about it and she said it was a good way for the servers to do their jobs while still giving people the opportunity to save at least a bit of water. I, personally, like it and would like to see other restaurants adopt it. It may not be enough, but every little bit helps.
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!