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Virginia Drought Watch

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) – Virginia is under a drought watch tonight. This could be the driest month of year and the state wants to make sure you know about it.

Chesterfield county resident, Ed Coberly, has 30 different plants in his yard.

"I can spend hours going to Home Depot going to Lowes and stuff like that looking for plants to put in, my wife thinks I'm crazy," said Coberly.

But whether his wife likes it or not, these days Coberly just wants to keep his plants alive.

"I used to water every third day or so, and now I'll do it if it look like something's dying," said Coberly.

On Monday, Chesterfield County was among several localities that issued voluntary water restrictions. But in one subdivision, brown grass is frowned upon even during a drought watch.

"We're trying to get values of the homes up. So that people when they drive down to the front, they say 'oh look at this nice place, it's Providence," said former HOA president, Norman DeLong.

DeLong says, unless there is a mandatory water restriction, residents are urged to conserve in other ways.

"It's like everything else that we do, life is a bunch of decisions and we hope that together we're making the right choices," he said.

For another Chesterfield resident, Heather Sherman, her choice is to always conserve water.

"We're always trying to save money and make sure we live within our means and saving water is one of the easiest steps that we can do to do that," she said.

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