Even though this week's rain brought a few inches of water to an area lake, it's still not enough for the city of Clarendon.
Lake Greenbelt serves as a resource of water for the community as well as a big tourism spot to boost local economy. But the low lake levels are bringing down sales at area businesses.
Mayor Larry Hicks says, "The business has suffered maybe 15% to 20% due to the decreasing of tourism"
Lowe's Family Center Store Manager says, "Overall from last year, it's down some. But there's still good fishing."
Greenbelt Municipal and Industrial Water Authority Director Gary Campbell says, "There's some trees starting to poke up around. And it's a dangerous situation, but there's still a lot of boats on the lake." He says they've had to ban water skiing and tubing. And blames that for turning people away from going out on the lake even though fishing is still good.
Clarendon is at the highest level of its drought contingency plan. Mayor Hicks says the community needs to increase their efforts for conserving water. "They're only suppose to water on certain days and even certain times of the day so that they're not losing so much of the water to evaporation. If they would go by these steps that would probably take care of the problem. "
Campbell says, "The city is going to open up their own well fields. They're actually going to be selling water to Greenbelt. We're going to pump the water back to the treatment plant and treat it as raw water. And we can mix it with the lake water. And it will be a supplemental water source."
Hicks says, "And hopefully as our wells come on the line, it will ease the problem that Greenbelt has at the time."
Clarendon is reopening 7 well fields that have been reserved for more than 40 years to help balance out the water shortage.