Town lifts water restriction

FRONT ROYAL – The town lifted its mandatory water conservation Monday after a report showed an increase in the flow of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

But town officials warned that water users should exercise voluntary conservation methods because the river flow remains low.

The Department of Public Works found Sunday that the average flow rate of the river increased since the last report that prompted the town to impose mandatory conservation measures.

The town’s permit issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to take water from the river stipulates that certain flow rates require conservation measures. To comply with the permit, users of the town’s municipal water system should stop:

• Watering shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, plants or any other vegetation from town water supplies (except indoor plantings, greenhouse and commercial nursery stocks, and new plantings less than one year old) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• Washing automobiles, trucks, trailers, boats, airplanes or other types of mobile equipment between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. except from a bucket or other container not exceeding three gallons or at a commercial vehicle wash facility.

• Washing private streets, driveways, parking lots, service station grounds or other paved outdoor surfaces between between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• Operating ornamental fountains unless the water is recycled.

• Filling swimming and/or wading pools except to top off filled pools to maintain appropriate use levels

• Serving drinking water in restaurants except upon request.

Contact the Department of Public Works at 540-635-7819 for more information.