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Charlottesville issues drought warning

Charlottesville City Council approved drought warning stage restrictions for all City residents and businesses at a special meeting on Wednesday.

This follows the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority’s declaring of a drought warning on October 5, 2017.  Weeks of dry weather have resulted in lower than normal river and reservoir levels and area residents and businesses are being notified to restrict outdoor water usage and implement other water conservation measures.

This notification regarding water use restrictions is mandatory for all City water customers and users.  “We are trying to preserve our community water supply by asking households to conserve water and encourage people to be extremely frugal with their water usage” says City of Charlottesville Utilities Director Lauren Hildebrand.  To sustain acceptable levels in the water supply, we are asking all our customers to NOT conduct any outdoor watering.

The mandatory restrictions include:

Tips on Water Conservation and updates on drought conditions are available on or on Facebook and Twitter.  The entire City ordinance text of the conservation of water during emergencies is available at