Lake Pelham Levels Drop Near Drought Levels In Culpeper, Va.

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CULPEPER, Va. (WUSA) - Lake levels are dropping and some water restrictions may soon be implemented in Culpeper, officials say.

This notification comes after Lake Pelham, the town's main reservoir, dropped about 1.15 inches per week throughout the month of August.

"Currently Lake Pelham is 18.5 inches below the spillway, which represents a Stage 1 drought level," said Town Operations Manager Chris Hively. "Stage 1 is a trigger to mention the possibility of voluntary restrictions to the public per the adopted water restriction grid."

If the levels continue to drop, officials expect the lake to reach Stage 2 -- 24 inches below spillway -- to by the end of the month. At that point voluntary water restrictions will be implemented.

Officials hope significant rain will help the lakes condition. However, a lack of will ultimately result in Stage 3 - 30 inches below spillway - and mandatory restrictions will be implemented.

If needed, water can be drained from Mountain Run Lake into Lake Pelham to increase the water level in the reservoir.

"We are currently holding all water in Mountain Run Lake due to its surface area being less than Lake Pelham, resulting in less water loss due to evaporation," said Hively.

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