Mandatory water restriction in Petersburg in effect for another 24 hours

Water main break causing shortage in the City of Petersburg

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) – Petersburg City Manager Dironna M. Belton, has issued a mandatory reduction of water consumption for another 24 hours for utility customers in the City of Petersburg,

This comes after the mandatory reduction of water consumption issued Monday due to a major water main break in the Battersea area.

Belton announced the repairs were completed around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. She also said the water levels in the city did not reach critical levels, thus preserving the water quality and eliminating the need for boil water advisory.

However, as a precautionary measure, the mandatory water restriction will remain in effect for another 24 hours to restore water levels throughout the city, according to the press release.

Customers are asked to restrict water usage to those purposes that maintain the public health, safety, and welfare of human and animal life, which includes using water for purposes such as watering lawns and/or landscapes, non-commercial car washing, filling swimming pools etc.

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Some residents say restricting water when temps are reaching 100 degrees is tough.

“As hot as it is out here today, water is very vital,” Petersburg resident Antoine Williams told 8News Reporter Parker Slaybaugh.

4B9A4CFB51C54D5EB665190325ECB5FDWilliams says one of his concerns is his lawn.

“We’re worrying about all the grass dying out,” he added.

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