Chester Co. residents must restrict water use

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.

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.