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Voluntary water restrictions continue

The grass around the Stafford County government complex is on its way to a nice shade of brown this summer. Watering has halted on county properties, as voluntary water restrictions continue for residents.

Dry conditions this summer may be hurting yards and farms, but they’re not yet affecting water supplies in the region.

“Our reservoirs are holding up pretty well. This is typical summer weather for us,” said Janet Spencer of Stafford County’s Utilities Department.

Abel Lake Reservoir is 2.1 feet below normal, and Smith Lake Reservoir is down 3.4 feet. Those levels are not causing concern for officials yet, as water demand has decreased from when Stafford saw its last severe drought in 2007.

See the full story in Wednesday’s paper.