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ARWA Enacts Mandatory Water Restrictions Effective 8/23/2012
Posted Date: 9/3/2012

The Appomattox River Water Authority has enacted a Mandatory Water Restriction beginning August 23, 2012.

Prince George County is a member of this authority and, by order of the County Administrator, has enacted the mandatory water conservation measures as outlined in the County Code, Section 82-40 (see below).

The mandatory restrictions apply to those homes and businesses in the Puddledock Area of the County, Route 460 and the Courthouse Area. Those subdivisions that are served by a central well located in the subdivision are not affected by the mandatory restrictions. If there are questions regarding the mandatory water restrictions, please call the Prince George County Utility Department at 722-8706.

Sec. 82-40. - Periods of water shortage.  Description: 

(a)   Definitions. [The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:] 

    Established landscaping: Landscaping plantings existing in an area after such period of time as to accomplish the establishment and maintenance of growth.

    Fountain: A water display where water is sprayed into the air, strictly for ornamental purposes.

    Person: Any individual, corporation, partnership, association, company, business, trust, joint venture or other legal entity.

    Swimming pool: Any structure, basin, chamber, or tank containing an artificial body of water for swimming, diving or recreational bathing and having a depth of two feet or more at any point.

    Vegetable garden: Any "non-commercial" vegetable garden planted primarily for household use; "non-commercial" includes incidental direct selling of produce from such vegetable garden to the public.

    Water outage emergency: A condition in which: a) the supply of water in the system or from the supplier has ceased or is in jeopardy of cessation,  b) is severely limited due to water system failure, or c) is polluted. Such emergency is required to protect human health or provide minimum potable water for human consumption.

(b) Levels of restrictions.

(1) Voluntary. (Lake Chesdin water level is one foot below the spillway.) Persons are requested to restrict their water usage. It is suggested that decorative fountains not be used, do not wash off paved areas unless there is a health reason, do not fill or replenish pools unless necessary, reduce or stop washing vehicles, limit lawn and garden watering, and golf courses water only greens and tees.

(2) Mandatory. (Lake Chesdin has 200 days of supply remaining at present usage.) Prohibit use of decorative fountains, prohibit washing of paved areas except for health reasons, no filling or replenishing of pools except for health care facilities, restrict vehicle washings to one per week, limit lawn and garden watering to odd/even days (odd last digit home addresses water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and even last digit home addresses water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), shrubs limited to one five-gallon bucket per day, golf courses water tees and greens only and restaurants serve water only when requested.

(3) Emergency. (Lake Chesdin has 125 days of supply remaining at the present usage.) All persons shall curtail all nonessential water use and in addition to the mandatory restrictions: stop pool filling or replenishing, except for health care facilities, stop vehicle washing, including commercial washing, no lawn watering, no watering for gardens, trees and scrubs, no watering of golf courses, restaurants will not serve water unless it is the meal beverage, all businesses must limit water usage to those essential for the business and human hygiene and fire hydrants will only be used for health and safety purposes.

(c) Effective date of restrictions.

(1) When the county administrator is notified by the Appomattox River Water Authority that water restrictions have reached one of the above levels. The county administrator will promptly take steps necessary to notify the public that the restrictions are in effect and publish a notice of such restrictions in a newspaper having general circulation within the area.

(2) The conditions will remain in effect until Lake Chesdin is full again.

(d) Violation. It shall be a violation of this section for any person to use water, or allow or cause the use of water, in violation of the provisions of this section after the publication of such notice of restriction date.

(e) Penalty.

(1) Any person who violates the mandatory or emergency provision of this section shall be subject to a fine of $50.00.

(2) For the second offense, violator shall be fined $100.00.

(3) For the third offense, violators shall be fined $200.00.

(4) For a fourth and each subsequent offense, violators shall be fined $400.00.

(5) Each violation by a person shall be counted as a separated violation by that person, irrespective of the location at which the violation occurs.

(6) The county administrator may authorize cutting off a person's water supply for repeated violations.

(f) Applicability. Subsection 82-40(b) will not immediately apply to those county water systems that have groundwater as a source of supply instead of ARWA. These areas may be imposed with the restrictions located in subsection (b) either before or after the county is notified of a drought condition as indicated in subsection 82-40(c).

(Code 1988, § 16-10; Ord. No. O-07-07, 8-28-2007)