Chesterfield details mandatory water restrictions

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield detailed mandatory water restrictions for residents Thursday, in response to drought conditions.

The County instituted the restrictions in response to a request from the Appomattox River Water Authority, based on dry weather and low water conditions in Lake Chesdin. The new restrictions include:

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.

Restaurants – All restaurant-related uses are permitted.

All other consumption – Conservation by any means is encouraged.

Any person found to be in violation of the above restrictions shall be subject to the following fines, which will be imposed on the violator's next water bill:

First offense — $100

Second offense $200

Third offense $400

Fourth offense $800

Fifth and each subsequent offense $1,600

Several other localities in the Appomattox River Water Authority released their restrictions Wednesday. For a list by locality click here.

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