Stafford Calls for Water Conservation During Recovery
STAFFORD, Va. — There’s a new call from Stafford County officials asking residents not to use water outdoors if they don’t have to.
The recent wave of power outages caused by Friday’s storm is challenging the county’s ability to meet water demands and. As a precautionary measure, officials asked residents to use buckets of water to water flowers or wash cars instead of a hose.
Both the Smith and Able Lake reservoirs that supply drinking water to county residents remain full despite the water conservation request, said Stafford spokeswoman Shannon Howell.
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Stafford County since Saturday remains under a local state of emergency. Howell said it’ll stay that way until the remaining 453 Dominion Virginia Power customers without electricity have it restored.
A cooling shelter at Gayle Middle School in Stafford County aided residents for three days before closing at 7 p.m. Thursday. Those who still need drinking water can come to Fire Station 12 on Seabring Drive in south Stafford and get up to three jugs of water per family today, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Water for flushing toilets is still available at all county fire stations, said Howell.