According to JCSA, these regulations help manage water during summer months when outdoor activities such as watering landscapes and irrigating lawns increase demand. The regulations have been in effect since 2002.
Customers may use water outdoors for any purpose at all times, so long as it is used with a container or a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle. Hoses must be attended at all times.
Other methods of outdoor water use, including irrigation systems, sprinklers, or hoses without automatic shutoff nozzles, must follow the Outdoor Water Use Schedule based on the customer’s street address.
According to JCSA, customers with odd-numbered addresses can use water outdoors between midnight and 9 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and midnight on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Neighborhood common areas are considered odd addresses. Customers with even-numbered addresses can use water outdoors between midnight and 9 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and midnight on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Outdoor water use is not permitted between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or any time on Mondays.
The regulations only apply to water customers of the JCSA. Citizens with private wells and residents in the neighborhoods of Kingsmill and Grove who are customers of Newport News Waterworks are encouraged to follow the regulations, JCSA said.
Ordinance details can be found on the JCSA’s website. Residents may also call JCSA Customer Service, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 757-253-6800.