Columbia County water use up, but Augustans using less

Friday, May 11, 2012 10:46 AM
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Sparse rainfall last year and an even drier start to 2012 have pushed water consumption above normal in subdivision-heavy Columbia County, while Augusta residents appear to be using less water than at this time last year.

“I think April showed a 12 percent increase over last year,” said Bill Clayton, Columbia County’s Water Utility Division director. “It has been very dry for the last six weeks.”

For the first four months of 2012, Columbia County pumped 104.8 million gallons more than in the same period in 2011, with the biggest difference in April, when residents used 44.77 million gallons more than in 2011.

In Augusta-Richmond County, usage has not yet spiked, said Allen Saxon, assistant utilities director.

“You might be surprised by this but our average water demand for April 2012 is actually down slightly from April 2011,” he said. “In 2011 we delivered 40.58 million gallons per day to our distribution system, and in 2012 we delivered 38.28 million gallons per day.”

A comparison of the weather data, he said, shows that total rainfall went down slightly (1.93 inches in April 2011 versus 1.45 inches this year) but the average high temperature is also about 3 degrees lower this year.

The Augusta region — already categorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s drought monitor as being in “extreme” or in some cases “exceptional” drought — appears to be facing another dry year, with below-average rainfall every month.

According to National Weather Service data from Augusta Regional Airport, the 12-month rainfall total last year was 29.43 inches, or 15.12 inches below the normal annual total of 44.55 inches.

After starting 2012 with a rainfall deficit, the rainfall measured in January through April totaled 6.25 inches, or 8.6 inches below normal, and forecasters have said drier weather could persist through the summer.

National Weather Service, archived data for Augusta:

www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=cae

U.S. Drought Monitor for Georgia counties:

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_southeast.htm

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Tots
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Tots 05/11/12 - 05:29 pm
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Posted by the AC-Sparse

Posted by the AC-Sparse rainfall last year and an even drier start to 2012 have pushed water consumption above normal in subdivision-heavy Columbia County, while Augusta residents appear to be using less water than this time last year.

Could it be- because those residents can afford those overly high rates the water Dept demands?
I live in Richmond County,you would think gold flowed through my water spigot..
No-matter,too me; I'll still water my flowers.If i had a pool,as i'm sure many in that subdivision do; Then i'd be filling it up too...

FLIPPED OUT
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FLIPPED OUT 05/11/12 - 01:00 pm
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I wash my body with the water

I wash my body with the water from augusta. Get all that chlorine out and I 'll drink it.

Right on
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Right on 05/11/12 - 01:13 pm
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I see many, many folks with

I see many, many folks with their sprinklers running in Monday's and days they are not supposed to be watering. Need to get the police out.

TCB22
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TCB22 05/11/12 - 01:28 pm
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Watering Days

Right on: It's ok to water on Mondays. In fact, you can water any day of the week, no matter what your address is. The only restriction is that you can't water between 10am and 4pm.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 05/11/12 - 02:37 pm
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I can't say some people in CC
Unpublished

I can't say some people in CC don't waste, but how much has the population grown since then. Also, with the way RC water utility has been ripping people off... and seen some of the shady things they are doing on peoples water bills...people are scared to use the water!!!!!!!! Its ridiculous!

GaStang22
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GaStang22 05/11/12 - 02:41 pm
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To claify the information of
Unpublished

To claify the information of the above posts on watering so no one will be confused, this is from the RC website:

Augusta Water Conservation Plan

Citizens in Georgia can now water any day of the week regardless of your address between the hours of 4 PM and 10 AM. There is NO watering between 10 AM and 4 PM. These new time limitations are ONLY for landscape irrigation use.

The odd / even schedule remains in place for all other outdoor uses such as power washing and car washing. Even-numbered addresses (those ending in 0,2,4,6, and 8) may use outdoors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Odd-numbered addresses (those ending in 1,3,5,7 and 9) may use water outdoors on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

There are no restrictions on drip irrigation, irrigation with soaker hoses, hand watering, and the watering of personal food gardens.

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dichotomy 05/11/12 - 03:50 pm
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The RC folks are trying to

The RC folks are trying to save on our water bills because we know we are going to be robbed on our trash collection fees. Of course, we are used to it in RC. Seems like we are always robbing Peter to pay Paul & Associates.

Tots
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Tots 05/11/12 - 05:28 pm
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dichotomy@3:50pm-You sure got

dichotomy@3:50pm-You sure got that right...

corgimom
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corgimom 05/11/12 - 08:07 pm
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Water drop

Water drop? Could be from more population fleeing Augusta?

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