Chesterfield County in mandatory water restrictions

By Melissa Correa - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Water levels at Lake Chesdin are up and emergency restrictions are out. Today, Petersburg, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie and Prince George lifted the severe rules.

But mandatory restrictions are back in place. Mandatory restrictions allow people to water on an odd-even schedule. Wash your car, hose down your drive-way...just do it responsibly.

Lake Chesdin, the county's main water supplier, is not yet full.

So two days ago he rented a boat? "Caught a 6 pound 11 ounce bass," explained Barbara Williams.

She says the Whippernock Marina is back and has the pictures to prove it. "We've had calls for two weeks, wanting to know 'Is the water back up, can we put a boat in?,'" said Williams.  "I say yes! Finally! Come on in!"

Barbara's was one of several businesses that suffered because of low water levels.  She hopes people don't take for granted the water that is now high enough for boats that once sat blistering in the summer sun.

While visiting with Barbara we saw two fishermen on Whippernock Creek.  What's it like being out on the water? "Best day in the world," said one fisherman.  " A day like today, 60 degrees out here, perfect day."

Now that Lake Chesdin is filling up a new problem has washed up on shore.  The Appomattox River Water Authority needs to deal with all this trash and debris.  We found several aluminum cans along the water's edge.  Judging by their vintage labels, they've been there a while.

And that's not the only new issue.  Chesterfield is creating a campaign to educate you on water use.

"A lot of folks will run irrigation systems even on a daily basis which is not the healthiest way to maintain your turf," explained Chesterfield County Administrator Jay Stegmaier.  He's become somewhat of an expert on grass.  "It really doesn't need to be watered more than twice a week."

The county is looking at changing your water bill.  You could be charged less for using less and vice versa.

"So I hope they will use common sense and maybe not water like they were before," said Williams.

The Appomattox River Water Authority Board met Wednesday morning and decided to do away with the emergency restrictions. Chesterfield, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie and Prince George are now under mandatory water restrictions.

If your address is an even number you can water Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. If your address ends in an odd number, you can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. No watering is allowed on Mondays.

Crews will be out to see if anyone breaks any of these rules. If you're caught you could face a fine starting at $100.

Established landscaping (lawns, vegetable gardens, flowers, trees and shrubs) -Watering is limited to three days per week by address. Addresses ending with odd numbers may water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Addresses ending with even numbers and locations with no street numbers 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. 

New landscaping – All watering is permitted for the first 10 days after planting. Thereafter, the restriction for established landscaping shall apply. Overseeding an existing lawn does not qualify as new landscaping.

Paved areas – Washing is prohibited except for immediate health and safety requirements.

Swimming Pools – Limit to filling and replenishing to maintain health and safety. All other uses are prohibited.

Vehicle Washing – Noncommercial washing is limited to one day per week using only hand-held hoses with automatic-shut-off nozzles. Commercial vehicle- washing businesses are permitted to operate under normal conditions.

Golf courses – Watering is restricted to Tuesday through Sunday between  8 p.m. and 4 a.m. Greens are exempted from this restriction.

Businesses – Limit to essential use only.

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