Petersburg Declares Mandatory Water Restrictions
The City of Petersburg has enacted mandatory water restrictions. John Ogle has that part of the story.
City Council met, according to Petersburg Mayor Annie Mickens, shortly after the Appomattox River Water Authority revealed that the latest measurements show Lake Chesdin at alarmingly low levels.
Mickens: A low that we haven't seen since 2007, with the possibility of only 200 days of usage left and this is a Stage 2 critical level.
The lake is the water source for a number of localities and Mayor Mickens adds that she expects they’re going to take similar action.
Mickens: As they meet, they will also enact the mandatory restrictions.
Among other things, water fountains will be turned off and everyone is asked to cut out car washing and limit lawn watering until evening. You’ll have to ask for water in restaurants in Petersburg. There are fines that can be added to offenders' water bills, but Mayor Mickens said:
Mickens: It's not our intent to go hunting for people who are violating.
A lot of energy, she said, is being put into getting the word out.
John Ogle, WCVE News