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Droughts

DroughtsForsyth County is no stranger to drought conditions.  Abnormally dry weather spread throughout central North Carolina in August of 2007. By the end of October, most of North Carolina was experiencing an Exceptional drought, the worst drought conditions ever recorded.  This drought persisted until September of 2008.  The City of Winston-Salem implemented water conservation measures and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities asked citizens to conserve water.

A deficit in precipitation can have devastating impacts on groundwater, reservoir storage, soil moisture and stream flow.  These shortages have ripple effects on the community, causing agricultural, economic, social and environmental damage.

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