The ICPRB has known for some time that our region’s water supply will be faced with significant challenges in meeting demand during projected periods of drought. They are diligently working to address this. The system of existing reservoirs will be called to use more frequently and will not provide enough water in times of stress and so 4 new proposed reservoirs are in the works:
Travilah Quarry in Potomac and Luck Stone Quarry B in Loudon County and the Vulcan and Milston Quarries.
The ICPRB reports warns that even with the addition of these new quarries which will add 13 billion gallons of water storage capacity, coupled with water restrictions and demand management we may not be able to meet our water needs during the predicted future periods of extreme drought. The report also warns that without the addition of the 7.8 million gallon Travilah Quarry the WMA may experience periodic failures by 2040.
-The case of the communicating wells - a Poolesville Story
- All about the federally designated sole source aquifer that much of the Reserve relies upon for well water.
-Journal of Nature Communications - Impacts of Climate Change on Groundwater
-USGS - Impacts of Climate Variation on Groundwater
-Journal of Hydrology - Groundwater Impacts and Adaptation