CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — The Appomattox River Water Authority is requesting that all member jurisdictions implement mandatory water restrictions. Chesterfield County Utilities Department, as a member of the Appomattox River Water Authority is required to implement mandatory water restrictions for its customers. Due to the unusually dry weather and the historically low water levels in Lake Chesdin, Chesterfield County Administrator James J.L. Stegmaier has issued mandatory water restrictions effective Wednesday, Sept. 15, for all Chesterfield County water customers. The water level in Lake Chesdin is currently at the lowest recorded since it was created. Typically seasonal low water levels do not occur until October. Chesterfield County greatly appreciates the cooperative efforts of its citizens to conserve water during drought periods such as we currently are experiencing.
Following is a list of the restrictions. This list and the definitions for terms such as landscaping and new landscaping also are available online at http://www.chesterfield.gov/Utilities.aspx?id=16570.
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 – No restrictions.
All other consumption – Conservation by any means is encouraged.
Any person found to be in violation of the above restrictions will be subject to fines, which will be imposed on the customer’s next water bill:
For more information or to report a violation, customers should contact the Department of Utilities at 804-748-1271.