Water Supply Status
The town gets its water from the Eno River, with reserves stored in the West Fork Eno Reservoir and Lake Orange.
As of April 3:
- West Fork Eno Reservoir is 93 percent full.
- Lake Orange is 100 percent full.
- There are 302 days of water supply remaining, based on recent demand and no further rainfall.
- Current risk of drought shortage is minimal.
- Average water use for the week was 1.45 million gallons per day.
- Average water use for the last four weeks was 1.55 million gallons per day.
- Compared to the same four weeks last year, the town used 0.03 percent more water.
Hillsborough water customers are not subject now to any water use restrictions. The town is subject to Stage 1 water withdrawal restrictions, limiting withdrawal from the Eno River to 1.51 million gallons per day. Since the town is using less than that amount and releasing extra water from the West Fork Eno Reservoir, this limit does not have any effect on operations.
Construction on the Phase 2 expansion of the West Fork Eno Reservoir began in April 2018. In preparation to the start of construction, the Town had lowered the water level by approximately 4 feet to enable work on the dam and spillway. With recent rainfall, the lake has risen 2 feet, and releases have been adjusted to drop back to 4 feet below full. The water level will remain lowered for approximately one year while construction proceeds.