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Low Water Forces Boat Ramp Closure

Posted July 31, 2007 11:27 a.m. EDT
Updated July 31, 2007 12:37 p.m. EDT

— City officials said Tuesday they have temporarily closed the Lake Michie boat-launching ramp because of low water levels in that area of the lake.

The move doesn't reflect any shortage of water for the city, said Vicki Westbrook, deputy director of the City’s Department of Water Management. Lake Michie is a source of drinking water for Durham.

Lake Michie is 6.8 feet below full, and the Little River reservoir is 4 feet below full, both of which are normal for this time of year, Westbrook said.

“Our water demands are running about 33.7 million gallons per day, and the sporadic rainfall is helping with the water supply level,” Westbrook said. “Although the lake levels are dropping slowly, this is normal for this time of year, and our water demand and usage has not been unusually high.”