Public Works

Posted on: October 10, 2017

Local Governments Announce Voluntary Water Conservation Measures

Local Governments Announce Voluntary Water Conservation Measures

Beginning Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the City of Richmond along with Henrico County, Hanover County, Chesterfield County, Goochland County, and Powhatan County are implementing voluntary water conservation measures. In accordance with Richmond’s James River Regional Flow Management Plan, when water levels drop to 1,200 cfs (cubic feet per second) or 3 ½ to 3 ¾ feet in depth at the Westham Gauge, voluntary conservation measures are implemented. Voluntary compliance of area customers will assist water treatment plants in the city of Richmond, Chesterfield County and Henrico County in providing water to all customers in the region while also meeting the James River Regional Flow Management Plan.

During periods of voluntary water conservation, residents in the city of Richmond and surrounding counties are asked to voluntarily restrict water use according to the following lawn watering schedule:

Monday – No watering,

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – odd property addresses may water

Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – even property addresses may water


Although localities are asking customers to conserve, our ability remains intact to produce and deliver safe drinking water to meet necessary use and emergency requirements of our communities in the region. The region tracks river flow levels on a 14 day rolling average. In order to suspend voluntary water conservation measures, the river flow levels’ 14 day rolling average must remain above 1,200 cfs for 14 days.

Additional conservation tips may be found at vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/office-of-drinking-water/water-conservation-tips/


For additional information, specific to localities, contact:

County of Chesterfield Customer Service 804 748-1271

County of Goochland Public Utilities 804 556-5835

County of Hanover Customer Service 804 365-6024

County of Henrico Customer Service 804 501-4275

County of Powhatan Public Works 804 598-5764

City of Richmond DPU Customer Care Center 804 646-4646

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