Water Restrictions Update

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Happy Fall!


We wanted to let everyone know that with the new mandatory water restrictions being implemented by the Albemarle County Service Authority and the City of Charlottesville, we can still water our plants!


For those living in Albemarle County, see statement below:


  • Plants may only be watered using a watering can or by a non-leaking hose with an automatic (hand-held) shut-off nozzle. This means no sprinklers, irrigation systems or any other method, can be used to water outside shrubbery, trees, lawns, vegetable gardens or any other vegetation, hand watering exempted. The only exception is for commercial green houses, nursery stocks, athletic fields and courts, which may be watered only enough to preserve plant life and only between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.


For those living in the City of Charlottesville, see statement below:


  • Watering of established outside shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, plants, homegardens, or any other established vegetation, shall only be conducted manually by means of a non-leaking hand held hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle and using the minimum amount required to preserve plant life.
  • New plantings, commercial greenhouses or nursery stocks, newly seeded and sodded lawns, and athletic fields and courts shall only be watered by automatic irrigation systems, or manually (by the means described above), between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m., using the minimum amount of water required to preserve plant life. 
  • Newly seeded lawns and new plantings are required to be installed by a licensed contractor and shall have a forty-five-day establishment period from the date of installation. Sodded lawns are required to be installed by a licensed contractor, shall have a twenty-day establishment period, and shall use no more than ½ inch of water over the sodded area daily. Automatic irrigation or manual watering, by the means described in section above, of newly installed plantings and seeded and sodded lawns shall be conducted only between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. and only as necessary to preserve plant life. Prior to installation, the customer shall provide the director of public works with a written estimate of the amount of water to be used during the establishment period, a dated licensed contractor receipt, and the irrigation method to be used. Failure to provide the required information or initiating installation prior to receipt of written approval shall be deemed a violation pursuant. Testing and servicing of outside, automatic irrigation systems may be performed during the drought warning stage only if the contract to install the system is dated prior to the council’s declaration of the drought warning stage, and a copy of the contract is provided to the director of public works.


More information is available for those in Albemarle County HERE


More information is available for those in the City of Charlottesville HERE


Call us with questions!

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