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Drought Update


FCWSA continues to monitor groundwater levels and precipitation in our region. Total Precipitation over the last twelve months remains slightly below normal for parts of our region, but recent rains have helped alleviate deficits in soil moisture, streamflows, and groundwater levels statewide resulting in DEQ lifting all drought advisories within the Commonwealth. FCWSA relies solely on groundwater from 46 wells throughout Fauquier County, primarily in the Service Districts, which collect water from fractures in the bedrock deep beneath our water systems. During an average year it's estimated that less than 25% of rainfall migrates through these fractures to be captured by FCWSA's groundwater wells - in drought years this may be less than 15% of rainfall, which is why it's always important to consider wise water use and conservation of our natural resources.