Drought declaration lifted in Winchester

The City of Winchester has lifted the emergency drought declaration, meaning mandatory water use restrictions have also been lifted!

However, the City is still under a Drought Warning.

The water volume in the river increased somewhat this week, but it is still at historic lows, so it is important to continue to conserve water voluntarily.

The City will continue to monitor the water supply, but if the river’s flow decreases again, a future Drought declaration may be needed.

For more information visit winchesterva.gov/droughtemergency for conservation tips.

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Mandatory water conservation for Winchester City

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The City of Winchester has issued a mandatory water conservation alert.

Due to the record low levels of water as of Friday, September 8, 2023.

The following water activities are not allowed in the city limits:

• Watering the lawn
• Gardening irrigation with hose or containers more than three (3) gallons, between 10:00 a.m. and the 9 p. m.
• Irrigation of the sports fields between 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. with only an inch of water every 10 days.
• Wash or spray paved surfaces
• Car wash with hose or containers larger than three (3) gallons (except for commercial car washes*)
*Commercial car washes do not use recycled water or reduce water use by 10 percent.
• Use of ornamental fountains or flatterers
• Use of fire hydrants for non-emergency purposes.
• Serve water in restaurants unless requested by the customer.
Winchester citizens who have questions about the drought emergency or mandatory water use restrictions can call 540-662-4131 or email water@winchesterva.gov.
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