Chesterfield now under mandatory water restrictions

Written by Gene Petriello - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Despite the rain, emergency water restrictions are in place right now for Chesterfield County. Outdoor watering is now banned.

Things are so dry that Lake Chesdin is down to its lowest level ever; that means it's time for emergency water restrictions.

Starting Tuesday, Chesterfield is enforcing its restrictions. Those restrictions are already in effect in Dinwiddie, Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Prince George.

Basically, these restrictions mean you need to reduce the amount of water you're using. You also can't wash your car at your home. Businesses are also being asked to watch and limit water usage.  Restaurants can only use water for cooking, cleaning and beverages. Commercial car washes can still operate.

If you don't follow the rules and you could be paying some pretty hefty fines. Your first offense will cost you $200 bucks, $400 for your second offense, and double it again if you're caught a third time. It keeps going after that.

Right now Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, and Goochland Counties are under voluntary restrictions.

For more information on the drought, click on Drought Watch under the Weather tab.

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