CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority might have declared a drought watch for Albemarle County and Charlottesville earlier in the week, but that doesn't mean people can't have some fun in the water, according to Gabe Silver. 

The Rivanna River Company, which Silver co-owns, is still providing paddleboard, canoeing and tubing rentals and much more.

“So for anyone planning their own river activities, it’s great to check the USGS gauges which are all online data available before you go. So we look at the North and South forks of the Rivanna gauges and we really are looking for a number of like 100 cubic feet per second to 1,000 cubic feet per second for fun and also for safe river recreation,” said Silver.

The drought watch has been declared to increase awareness regarding drought conditions and to request a voluntary reduction in water use. No mandatory water restrictions have been issued at this time. 

The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority says they will continue to monitor conditions as they evolve and will issue an immediate notification to the public if a new drought stage is declared.