The city of Greenville has developed a storage system that will hold millions of gallons of water for use during a drought.
But there are no new water towers and no new reservoirs. The
water is being stored deep underground in a layer of sand. Capacity
for the underground system is estimated at somewhere between 100
million and 300 million gallons.
State and local officials say it will be North Carolina's first
aquifer storage and recovery system, and it could offer relief in
the future for drought-stricken areas.
Barrett Lasater of the Greenville Utilities Commission says a
little extra water is treated and stored in the winter when demand
is low. The water is then pumped back out in the summer when demand is high.
So far, Greenville has avoided mandatory water conservation
measures, but it is encouraging voluntary cuts in water use.