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Henrico County being asked to conserve water


If you live in Henrico, you're being asked to voluntarily conserve water. That's something you usually hear in the summer, but the impact of this summer's drought is still being felt in December.

As the seasons change, landscapers like, Eric Evans who owns Custom Landscape Solutions in Henrico, are subject to Mother Nature. Winter yard work includes collecting leaves and mowing lawns.

Using gallons of water is a big part of the job, but with an ongoing drought Evans ran into a problem last fall.

"When you're doing seeding you have to have water for germination," he said. "So we had a lot of properties that don't have irrigation that we didn't get great results on because they just can't be watered."

Now, Henrico County is feeling the effects from a lack of rain. 

A brown yard is a good example of the chain reaction from a very dry fall that's why the Henrico County Department of Public Utilities is asking it's 93,000 customers to voluntarily conserve water.

We didn't get much rain this year, which is having a direct affect on the water level of the James River which supplies much of the water for Henrico County.

We've already seen the consequences in other areas. Since the summer, a number of counties including south Chesterfield and Colonial Heights have been placed under mandatory water restrictions because Lake Chesdin is not completely full.

NBC12 Meteorologist Andrew Freiden says right now, the James River is steady.

"It's kind of a low level," he said. "It's been at 3.8, 3.9 feet which is far from the danger level."

But he says we will have to watch what winter brings.

"Keep in mind that if we don't get a lot of rain or snow this winter we may be in a bad situation this spring," he says.

The DPU says they will let people know if water conservation efforts change as conditions change.

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