Chesterfield County Asks for Voluntary Water Conservation
Residents of Chesterfield County, along with the Tri-Cities area and Prince George and Dinwiddie counties are being asked to conserve water. Charles Fishburne reports.,
Chesterfield residents, on average, use about 38 million gallons every day; during the summer, that can double.
Covington: We hit one day that our demand hit 70 million gallons per day.
Chesterfield’s Utility Director Roy Covington says it's things like washing cars, filling swimming pools and most especially, watering lawns.
Covington: If our customers could pay attention to how much they water their lawn, do it the three times per week as suggested in voluntary restriction, we could really have an impact in terms of reducing that peak day demand and cutting it back and thus preserving the water that we have available.
Chesterfield gets about 50 percent of its water from Lake Chesdin, which has dropped to a 300-day supply with more use and less rain.
With no end in sight to the dry weather, Richmond and Henrico could also announce voluntary restrictions by the end of the week.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News
A complete list of voluntary water-conservation measures is available online at www.chesterfield.gov/utilities.