Water Authority: Plenty to Drink Despite Drought | News
There is less water flowing in the Ocmulgee River this summer because of the drought.
Brian McCallum, assistant director of the Georgia Water Science Center, says during this time of year, 1,350 cubic feet of water per second normally flow in the Ocmulgee River.
This year, the drought has cut that number down to 830 cubic feet per second. That's about a 40 percent drop.
Mark Wyzalek, director of Environmental Compliance for the Macon Water Authority, said the reduced flow of the Ocmulgee might have them worried if they didn't have the 5.9 billion-gallon Lucas Lake reservoir.
"It's our storage battery that allows us to store the water when we can, and use it when we need it," said Wyzalek.
He said the authority anticipated this summer's drought, so in the spring, they filled the reservoir as much as possible. It is now 98 percent full compared to 97 percent last year.
Wyzalek said the 150,000 people in the Macon Water Authority service area need not worry about a shortage, but they do need to comply with statewide water use restrictions.