March 13, 2014
For Harrisonburg, the city code lays out the steps to take in drought situations. We have not reached the trigger points of fines and mandatory restrictions. What voluntary restrictions will give us is more education about water conservation.
"We're probably going to get calls about somebody doing something wrong, or what someone perceives is wrong," said Roger Baker, city manager. "We just hope that people will cooperate and really do what the governor has told us to do."
Baker says if our reserves dip below a certain point, mandatory restrictions or even emergency restrictions could be imposed, which do have strict penalties.
The voluntary restrictions barely passed with a three to two vote. Hugh Lantz and Larry Rogers voted against the motion. They felt the governor's order was enough.
Since the governor's executive order, water usage in the city has dropped.