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James City County’s annual package of water regulations governing when water can be used outside unattended goes into effect May 1.
The regulations allow customers of the James City Service Authority to use water outside at any time for any reason as long as the water is in a container or a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle.
Other outdoor uses, like irrigation systems, sprinklers or hoses without the nozzles, must follow the Outdoor Water Use Schedule, according to a county news release.
That schedule allows customers with addresses that end in odd numbers to use water outdoors between midnight and 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. and midnight on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Those with addresses that end with even numbers can use water outdoors between midnight and 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. and midnight on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Nobody is allowed to use unattended watering devices between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or on Mondays. Neighborhood common areas are considered odd addresses.
The regulations do not apply to citizens with private wells or those who live in Kingsmill and Grove, as those neighborhoods are served by Newport News Waterworks. The release encourages those citizens to follow the regulations.
The county has had these regulations in place since 2002.