The Richmond area has lifted mandatory water restrictions that limited when residents could water their lawns and wash their vehicles.
The region ended the restrictions on Monday because the water level in the James River has risen to three times the minimum flow required under a regional management plan for the river.
The restrictions ended immediately in Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover and Goochland. The restrictions had been in place for three months ago.
But utility directors in those localities are urging people to continue conserving water routinely by repairing leaks in faucets and toilets, making sure washing machines and dishwashers are fully loaded, and installing water-saving devices.