Water use at record low for July
Despite a rising population and a one-third increase in customers over the past 10 years, the trend toward lower usage has hit a new low for July, what is normally one of the year's most water-hungry months. New figures released Friday by the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority show monthly sales of just 301 million gallons, or 9.64 million gallons per day, the lowest sales during the decade-long span for which the Hook has figures. The next-lowest July came in 2003, in the wake of a record drought, when the Authority flowed 9.86 million gallons per day. By contrast, consumers in July, 1999–- before the 2002 drought signaled how precious water is–- were using 13.51 million gallons per day. Ironically, one local group, Charlottesville Tomorrow, which has just been tapped by the Daily Progress to supplement the newspaper's coverage due to the group's allegedly impartial reporting, continues to insist (despite a decade of contrary evidence) that water use is climbing.