Greensboro, NC -- A lower than expected average seasonal rainfall is inching parts of the Piedmont Triad into a drought.
It's a moderate drought, nothing that will threaten how you use water.
In fact Greensboro officials say thanks to Lake Randleman, the city is well-positioned to supply water to residents for decades to come.
Steven Drew, the Water Resources director says his department projects they can continue supplying water to for next 50 years.
That's about 32 million gallons a day right now and probably higher in coming years.
"I don't think anybody in the world is really drought proof. But Greensboro has done a good job to position itself with the tools in its toolbox to make them very drought resistant," said Drew.
The city is currently reviewing its drought ordinance per a request by the state to all public water systems.
Drew says none of the water restrictions set for when water percentages dip will change.
Some of those include making it unlawful for restaurants to serve water unless patrons specifically ask for it or making it unlawful to water your yard or fill your pool.
There are, however, proposals to amend the ordinance which include clarifying the stages of restrictions and adding a system to notify the public if they have to restrict how much water residents use.
"Our drought ordinance has served us well a decade ago and we have no reason to expect that it won't serve us well in the future," said Drew.
If all projections fail and the city runs really low on water, Drew says they still have options available:
They could change how they bill you for water to lower demand.
They could expand the reservoir or buy water from surrounding cities.
At this time, though, Drew says Greensboro has more water than it could feasibly use in the next 50 years.
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