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Friday, October 26, 2007

Water, water everywhere

At least, it's starting to seem that way, as this week's rains are now well into their third day. Current forecasts call from rain well into tomorrow, with additional accumulations of perhaps 2 inches.

Good news all in all, and hopefully no-one will need to use the Saturday garden watering window, further reducing demand.

did you know that you can get a near real time graph of flow into both Lake Michie and the Little River Reservoir, just by clicking on the links?

As of an hour ago, the discharge at the Flat River into Lake Michie was just a touch below the historical mean for this time of year at 11 cubic feet per second, up from zero as recently as Tuesday morning. I'm sure it will continue to rise for the next 36 hours ar runoff from the watershed makes it's way to the lake.

In other good news, the city website, and an email sent out earlier this week by Vicki Westbrook, Deputy Director of Water Management, confirms that Durham will be significantly increasing its water storage capacity in the next 24 months:
Q: Why isn't the Teer (Hanson Aggregates) Quarry ready to be used as a water storage site?

The City is in the second of a three-phase development process to use the quarry as a long-term storage facility to provide an additional 1.32 billion gallon capacity for the City. The current timetable to have the Quarry available for long-term storage calls for 2009 completion. Staff is also developing an emergency operations plan to access and utilize the approximately 500 million gallons currently in the quarry. This is in addition to other options to supplement existing supplies.

it'll cost about $15 million to bring the Teer Quarry on line as a reservoir which, if you'll pardon the pun, is a drop in the bucket.



  • The last NWS technical discussion I looked at said that area stream gauges were not rising so fast as they usually would for this amount of rainfall. That's good, as it means the water is sinking into the ground where it belongs.

    By Blogger Joe, at 7:18 PM  

  • Looks like discharge into Lake Michie at 8:45 am Saturday morning is nearly off the chart at 193 cfs.

    The Little River peaked at around 76 cfs earlier this morning, and was back down to a still healthy 48 cfs at 8:15.

    The drought is still not over, but i would imagine we've added a good 30 days to our water supply.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 9:22 AM  

  • Ooops. Little River data is here.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 12:05 PM  

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