UPDATE: Emergency water restrictions could come Friday

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Lake Chesdin is just one inch away from emergency restrictions, which could affect Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Prince George.

If emergency restrictions are issued, residents will only be able to use water inside their home, for things like cooking, cleaning and bathing.

Lake Chesdin's water level is at an all time low. Wildlife is dying and miles of lake bed are dried up with much of the reservoir now resembling a desert.

Concerned residents have formed a task force saying it's not just the drought.  They also question management of the reservoir.

The task force is turning to local politicians for help in getting answers and seeking funding for an audit of Lake Chesdin.

Next week, the Appomattox River Water Authority is set to answer questions Thursday at a public hearing at 7 p.m. at Matoaca Elementary School.

Until emergency restrictions are in place, you can continue with the odd-even watering schedule.

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