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Voluntary water restrictions called for Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Take it easy on watering your lawn! That's the message as water levels at Lake Chesdin spark voluntary water restrictions.

This impacts thousands of people in parts of Chesterfield and surrounding communities, including Petersburg and Colonial Heights.

The Appomattox River Water Authority board took into consideration the chance for rain this week. But that's not a guarantee. The board called for voluntary water restrictions. One man tells me he's already doing his part.

Bill Lee taking a boat out for a test ride on Lake Chesdin. He depends on in for fun and drinking water.

"The lake is a valuable asset to Chesterfield County and they need to do everything they can to protect the lake," said Lee.

That's the idea behind a decision by the Appomattox River Water Authority board to call for voluntary water restrictions. We first told you Friday, the water level was three inches shy of the trigger mark. That was reached early Monday. The water level has 300 days of storage. A good call, said Lee.

"At this time of the year you never know whether you're going to get the rain or not, and if you don't get it and you haven't done anything, then you're already behind," said Lee.

According to the water authority, once you reach that trigger mark and call for restrictions they remain in place until the reservoir is full. Late last fall, emergency restrictions were in place when the lake looked more like a desert.

At this stage in the game this summer, water authority's Chris Dawson said use what you need, but use it wisely.

"Water the grass when it needs to be watered. Don't over water it," said Dawson.

Easy to do for Lee, he doesn't use water from the tap for landscaping.

"We use water barrels and we catch water out of the gutter and we use that to water the flowers and things at home so we try to conserve where we can," said Lee.

If people do their part to help conserve water, the water authority said it should postpone Lake Chesdin reaching the mandatory restrictions trigger.

Again, these voluntary restrictions are for  parts of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Prince George counties, as well as the cities of Petersburg and Colonial Heights. 

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