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Neighbors could face fines for neglecting water restrictions

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Right now, Chesterfield is putting together the group tasked with watching out for people violating mandatory water restrictions.

If neighbors don't conserve, they could be fined hundreds of dollars. Part of that plan will involve people calling the department of utilities to complain.

Barbara Smith waters her lawn just about everyday. She's lived here for 30 years and has experienced a number of water restrictions. Similar to 2010, Smith knows the little rain we had this year is serious.

"You can see how dry the flower bed is," said Smith. "It's just...I don't know...if we don't get some rain soon, it's going to be serious."

It could be worse for people who don't follow the restrictions. Right now the river basin is the only one in the state under a drought warning. The Appomattox River Water Authority advised neighboring areas to conserve - and they adopted mandatory water restrictions including watering schedules.

People with Chesterfield addresses ending in odd numbers can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. For even numbers - water on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Chesterfield County officials say people can still water their plants every day as long as they don't exceed five gallons.

Utilities Director, Roy Covington says those fines range from $100 to $1,600 depending on the number of offenses.

"We've seen a really good response to voluntary restrictions and we expect even more response from our customers as we are in mandatory restrictions," said Covington.

Chesterfield County will monitor neighborhoods and respond to complaints. Anyone with a concern can call the Department of Utilities at: 748-1291.

Chesterfield is sending out notices next week to remind people of the restrictions. There are also restrictions in Petersburg, Prince George, Colonial Heights, and Dinwiddie. To find out the do's and don'ts where you live, click here.

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