Chesterfield asks customers to conserve water

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - In response to requests by the Appomattox River Water Authority, the Chesterfield County Department of Utilities is asking its customers to voluntarily conserve water by:

- Avoiding lawn watering on Mondays and limiting lawn watering to a schedule of alternating days based on street address. For example, addresses ending with an even number and locations with no street numbers water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and addresses ending with odd numbers water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
- Limiting the filling and replenishing of swimming pools to levels needed to maintain health and safety. 
- Limiting noncommercial vehicle washing to two days per week.
- Irrigating golf courses between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. only.
Chesterfield County is a member of the Appomattox River Water Authority, which provides water from Lake Chesdin. The county also uses the James River, through the city of Richmond, and where water levels are steadily declining. If significant rainfall occurs, further water-conservation measures may not be necessary.

A complete list of voluntary water-conservation measures is available online at For more information, contact the Department of Utilities at 804-748-1291.

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Section 18-152 of the Chesterfield County Code of Ordinances
Voluntary Water Conservation Measures
For more information, call Chesterfield Utilities at 804-748-1291

Upon the declaration of voluntary water conservation measures, users of the public water system are requested to voluntarily limit their use of public water as follows:

  1. Paved areas.  Limit washing to two days per week. Unrestricted for immediate health and safety concerns.
  2. Swimming pools.  Limit to filling and replenishing to maintain health and safety.
  3. Vehicle washing.  Noncommercial washing is limited to two days per week using only hand-held hoses with an automatic shut-off nozzle. Commercial vehicle washing businesses are permitted to operate under normal conditions.
  4. Established landscaping.  Watering is limited to three days per week by address. Addresses ending with an odd number may water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Addresses ending with an even number and locations with no street number may water only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Watering is prohibited on Mondays. Watering with buckets of up to five gallons per day is permitted any time.
  5. New landscaping.  All watering is permitted for the first ten days after planting. Thereafter, the restriction for established landscaping shall apply. Overseeding an existing lawn does not qualify as new landscaping--See definitions.
  6. Golf courses.  Limit watering to 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. on any day. Greens are exempted from this restriction.
  7. Businesses.  Limit to essential use only.
  8. Restaurants.  No restrictions.
  9. All other consumption.  Conservation by any means encouraged.

Sec. 18-158.  Definitions.

The following words and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meaning ascribed to them below, except in those instances where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Established landscaping.  Landscaping plantings, including but not limited to lawns, vegetable gardens, flowers, trees and shrubs existing in an area after such period of time as to accomplish an establishment and maintenance of growth.

New landscaping.  Any landscaping made up of plants or seeds in or transplanted to an area within such period of time as to accomplish a reasonable establishment and maintenance of growth. Over seeding an existing lawn does not qualify as new landscaping.

Person.  Any individual corporation, partnership, association, company, business, trust, joint venture or other legal entity.

Swimming pool.  Any structure, basin, chamber, or tank, containing an artificial body of water for swimming, diving or recreational bathing and having a depth of two feet or more at any point.

Vegetable garden.  Any "non-commercial" vegetable garden planted primarily for household use; "non-commercial" includes incidental direct selling of produce from such a vegetable garden to the public.