Many Chester County residents are under mandatory water restrictions, the local water district announced Thursday.
The Chester Metropolitan District, which distributes water to much of the county, issued a news release declaring a Stage 2 drought, meaning residents could be fined if they don't follow the water-use guidelines.
This follows similar restrictions that have been in place in much of York County.
The district hopes to reduce water use by 5 percent to 10 percent, the release stated.
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The area has been under voluntary water restrictions since Aug. 8.
These are the mandatory restrictions:
• Irrigation systems and sprinklers may be used only twice a week.
Odd-numbered addresses may water Tuesdays and Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses may water Thursdays and Sundays.
• Hand watering is allowed any day of the week during the morning and evening hours.
• Washing cars, outdoor buildings and parking lots is prohibited.
• Refilling empty swimming pools, fountains and ornamental pools is prohibited.
District users include the city of Chester, Fort Lawn, Great Falls, Lando and Richburg.
Residents will receive a warning first, but if they fail to comply, they can be fined $50, with subsequent violations resulting in fines of $100 and $150.
For commercial customers, those fines increase from $100 to $200 to $300. After three violations, a customer's water is cut off.
For more information about the Stage 2 Drought or the district's drought response plan, visit the district's Web site at www.cmdcsd.com.