As Sewanee continues to experience severe drought, Lake Jackson's water levels continue to decline. Today, Dr. Martin Knoll estimated that the reservoir is now 22 feet below full. The water in Lake Jackson is pumped to maintain high reservoir levels for Lake O'Donnell, Sewanee's primary drinking water source. Currently, the entire state of Tennessee is in some form of drought, with extreme drought found just south of Franklin County. All utility districts on top of the Cumberland Plateau are asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use, and because there is very little rain in the forecast, all Sewanee students and residents should be taking steps to reduce water consumption.