Mandatory Non-Essential Water Use Restrictions

The following non-essential water uses will be prohibited during periods of declared drought emergencies.  Please note the exceptions that follow each prohibited use.  These prohibitions and exceptions will apply to uses from all sources of water and will only be effective when the Governor of Virginia or the Virginia Drought coordinator declares a Drought Emergency.  Water use restrictions shall not apply to the agricultural production of food or fiber, the maintenance of livestock including poultry, nor the commercial production of plant materials, provided that best management practices are applied to assure the minimum amount of water is utilized.

 

Unrestricted irrigation of lawns is prohibited.

 

Newly sodded and seeded areas may be irrigated to establish cover on bare ground at the minimum rate necessary for no more than a period of 60 days.  Irrigation rates may not exceed one inch of applied water in any 7-day period.

 

Gardens, bedding plants, trees, shrubs and other landscape materials may be watered with hand held containers, hand held hoses equipped with an automatic shutoff device, sprinklers or other automated watering devices at the minimum rate necessary but in no case more frequently than twice per week.  Irrigation should not occur during the heat of the day.

 

All allowed lawn irrigation must be applied in a manner to assure that no runoff, puddling or excessive watering occurs.

 

Irrigation systems may be tested after installation, routine maintenance or repair for no more than ten minutes per zone.

 

Unrestricted irrigation of golf courses is prohibited.

 

Tees and greens may be irrigated between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the minimum rate necessary.

 

Localized dry areas may be irrigated with a hand held container or hand held hose equipped with an automatic shutoff device at the minimum rate necessary.

 

Greens may be cooled by syringing or by the application of water with a hand held hose equipped with an automatic shutoff device at the minimum rate necessary.

 

Fairways may be irrigated between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the minimum rate necessary not to exceed one inch of applied water in any ten-day period.

 

Fairways, tees and greens may be irrigated during necessary overseeding or resodding operations in September and October at the minimum rate necessary. Irrigation rates during this restoration period may not exceed one inch of applied water in any seven-day period.

 

Newly constructed fairways, tees and greens and areas that are re-established by sprigging or sodding may be irrigated at the minimum rate necessary not to exceed one inch of applied water in any seven-day period for a total period that does not exceed 60 days.

 

Fairways, tees and greens may be irrigated without regard to the restrictions listed above so long as:

 

The only water sources utilized are water features whose primary purpose is stormwater management;

 

Any water features utilized do not impound permanent streams;

 

During declared Drought Emergencies these water features receive no recharge from other water sources such as ground water wells, surface water intakes, or sources of public water supply; and,

 

All irrigation occurs between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.

 

All allowed golf course irrigation must be applied in a manner to assure that no runoff, puddling or excessive watering occurs.

 

Rough areas may not be irrigated.

 

Unrestricted irrigation of athletic fields is prohibited.

 

Athletic fields may be irrigated between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. at a rate not to exceed one inch per application or more than a total of one inch in multiple applications during any ten-day period.  All irrigation water must fall on playing surfaces with no outlying areas receiving irrigation water directly from irrigation heads.

 

Localized dry areas that show signs of drought stress and wilt (curled leaves, foot-printing, purpling) may be syringed by the application of water for a cumulative time not to exceed fifteen minutes during any twenty four hour period.  Syringing may be accomplished with an automated irrigation system or with a hand held hose equipped with an automatic shutoff device at the minimum rate necessary.

 

Athletic fields may be irrigated between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. during necessary overseeding, sprigging or resodding operations at the minimum rate necessary for a period that does not exceed 60 days.  Irrigation rates during this restoration period may not exceed one inch of applied water in any seven-day period.  Syringing is permitted during signs of drought stress and wilt (curled leaves, foot-printing, purpling).

 

All allowed athletic field irrigation must be applied in a manner to assure that no runoff, puddling or excessive watering occurs.

 

Irrigation is prohibited on athletic fields that are not scheduled for use within the next 120-day period.

 

Water may be used for the daily maintenance of pitching mounds, home plate areas and base areas with the use of hand held containers or hand held hoses equipped with an automatic shutoff device at the minimum rate necessary.

 

Skinned infield areas may utilize water to control dust and improve playing surface conditions utilizing hand held containers or hand held hoses equipped with an automatic shutoff device at the minimum rate necessary no earlier than two hours prior to official game time.

 

Washing paved surfaces such as streets, roads, sidewalks, driveways, garages, parking areas, tennis courts, and patios is prohibited.

 

Driveways and roadways may be pre-washed in preparation for recoating and sealing.

 

Tennis courts composed of clay or similar materials may be wetted by means of a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shutoff device at the minimum rate necessary for maintenance.  Automatic wetting systems may be used between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the minimum rate necessary.

 

Public eating and drinking areas may be washed using the minimum amount of water required to assure sanitation and public health.

 

Water may be used at the minimum rate necessary to maintain effective dust control during the construction of highways and roads.

 

 

Use of water for washing or cleaning of mobile equipment including automobiles, trucks, trailers and boats is prohibited.

 

Mobile equipment may be washed using hand held containers or hand held hoses equipped with automatic shutoff devices provided that no mobile equipment is washed more than once per calendar month and the minimum amount of water is utilized.

 

Construction, emergency or public transportation vehicles may be washed as necessary to preserve the proper functioning and safe operation of the vehicle.

 

Mobile equipment may be washed at car washes that utilize reclaimed water as part of the wash process or reduce water consumption by at least 10% when compared to a similar period when water use restrictions were not in effect.

 

Automobile dealers may wash cars that are in inventory no more than once per week utilizing hand held containers and hoses equipped with automatic shutoff devices, automated equipment that utilizes reclaimed water as part of the wash process, or automated equipment where water consumption is reduced by at least 10% when compared to a similar period when water use restrictions were not in effect.

 

Automobile rental agencies may wash cars no more than once per week utilizing hand held containers and hoses equipped with automatic shutoff devices, automated equipment that utilizes reclaimed water as part of the wash process, or automated equipment where water consumption is reduced by at least 10% when compared to a similar period when water use restrictions were not in effect.

 

Marine engines may be flushed with water for a period that does not exceed 5 minutes after each use.

 

Use of water for the operation of ornamental fountains, artificial waterfalls, misting machines, and reflecting pools is prohibited.

 

Fountains and other means of aeration necessary to support aquatic life are permitted.

 

Use of water to fill and top off outdoor swimming pools is prohibited.

 

Newly built or repaired pools may be filled to protect their structural integrity.

 

 

Outdoor pools operated by commercial ventures, community associations, recreation associations, and similar institutions open to the public may be refilled as long as:

 

Levels are maintained at mid-skimmer depth or lower;

 

Any visible leaks are immediately repaired;

 

Backwashing occurs only when necessary to assure proper filter operation;

 

Deck areas are washed no more than once per calendar month (except where chemical spills or other health hazards occur);

 

All water features (other than slides) that increase losses due to evaporation are eliminated; and

 

Slides are turned off when the pool is not in operation.

 

Swimming pools operated by health care facilities used in relation to patient care and rehabilitation may be filled or topped off.

 

Indoor pools may be filled or topped off.

 

Residential swimming pools may be filled only to protect structural integrity, public welfare, safety and health and may not be filled to allow the continued operation of such pools.

 

       Water may be served in restaurants, clubs, or eating-places only at the request of customers.
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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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