The City of Petersburg is asking residents and businesses throughout the City to conserve water now due to a break of the City’s main water line from Lake Chesdin. The break was caused by a contractor cutting brush and trees this morning for Dominion Power. Up to 2,000 gallons of water was being lost per minute from the break.
The City has coordinated with Dominion to secure the site before commencing with repairs to the water transmission line. The City’s contractor is on standby to make the necessary repairs.
During the repairs, the City will have to isolate the line which may result in some customers experiencing loss of water services or low water pressure. City staff will be monitoring the levels of the six large water storage tanks throughout the disruption and will be working to expedite the repair.
The water is safe to use at this time, even though residents may experience low pressure. Please follow the mandatory conservation measures listed below until further notice:
- Operation of water fountains is prohibited.
- Washing of paved areas is prohibited, except for immediate health and safety requirements.
- Replenish swimming pools only to levels necessary to maintain health and safety.
- Water gardens, plants, and established landscapes only during the night, between 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. on any day.
- Wash non-commercial vehicles only one day a week, using a handheld hose having an automatic shut off nozzle. Commercial washing businesses are exempt.
- May water new landscape during the first thirty (30) days after planting after 30 days, water only during the night, between 8pm and 8am.
This water conservation notice is not a boil water notice. The City will provide updates on repairs and water conservation.
Residents and businesses having questions about water usage should call (804) 733-2407.