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Residents asked to observe voluntary water conservation measures beginning Oct. 10

Due to ongoing low water levels in the James River, Henrico County is joining the city of Richmond and Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover and Powhatan counties to implement voluntary water conservation measures, effective Tuesday, Oct. 10.

As part of the measures, residents are asked to water their home lawns according to the following schedule:

  • Monday: No watering
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: Odd-numbered addresses
  • Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: Even-numbered addresses

In accordance with Richmond’s James River Regional Flow Management Plan, voluntary conservation measures are implemented when water levels drop to 1,200 cubic feet per second (CFS) or to a depth of 3 ½ to 3 ¾ feet at the Westham gauge. The region tracks river-flow levels on a 14-day rolling average. Voluntary conservation measures will be suspended when the rolling average remains above 1,200 CFS for 14 days.

Voluntary compliance will help water treatment plants in Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield provide water to all customers in the region while also meeting the James River Regional Flow Management Plan. Although the localities are asking customers to conserve, they remain able to produce and deliver safe drinking water to meet necessary use and emergency requirements of communities in the region.

Additional water conservation tips are available at

Henrico residents with questions can contact the county’s Department of Public Utilities at 501-4275.

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