Drought Watch

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

Police aren't handing out tickets to your neighbor for watering his lawn, because the governor's mandate is not being enforced, but that doesn't mean it won't.

Watering your lawn, washing your car at home, and filling up swimming pools is illegal according to the governor. But he's leaving it up to localities to decide if fines will be imposed.

Harrisonburg officials say there is plenty of water and for now they won't impose penalties on people who violate the order. The city council will discuss the order and how to handle the restrictions at its next meeting. City Manager Roger Baker says since the mandate has been issued, water usage in the city has dropped.

In Waynesboro, city vehicles will not be washed and vegetation will not be watered. The Public Works Department is sending residents a brochure regarding the restrictions.

And, in Staunton the city will comply with the order by not washing city vehicles and watering city lawns, but officials say they are still studying how to enforce the mandate.

Rockingham County says it still has some questions. Until it gets clarification on exactly what the executive order means, it won't impose the restrictions.

In Augusta County, officials say they trust residents to follow the governor's order. And unless you get wasteful with your water, fines will not be imposed.

Governor Warner's press secretary says she would remind all localities you are a part of the Shenandoah River Basin, which is in a severe drought. She says a memo is also going out to each area urging them to enforce the mandate.

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