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Tips to Conserve Water During Heat Wave


July 12, 2010

Contact: Larry M. Foster, JCSA General Manager

Phone: (757) 253-6806



The James City Service Authority (JCSA) would like to remind customers of the outdoor water use regulations and water rates and offer a few water conservation tips.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, our area is currently experiencing moderate drought conditions.  It is particularly important that customers conserve water due to the extended period without rain.

The JCSA experiences dramatic increases in demand during the summer as a result of outdoor water use.  Sustained high water demand over long periods can cause mechanical failure of equipment further stressing the JCSA’s ability to meet basic water needs and reducing system pressures and fire fighting capability.  Water demands are currently averaging a record eight million gallons per day.  If this trend continues, the JCSA will be required to implement voluntary water conservation followed by mandatory.

Under the current annual outdoor water use regulations, customers can use water outdoors for any purpose, at any time, on any day, as long as it is with a container or a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle.  The hose must be attended at all times.  Any other method of outdoor water use, such as irrigation systems, sprinklers, or hoses without automatic shutoff nozzles, must follow the Outdoor Water Use Schedule, which is based on street address.

Residential water rates are on an Inverted-Block Rate Structure based on usage.  In essence, the more water used, the more it costs per gallon.  Water rates increase from $2.85 per 1,000 gallons for the first 15,000 gallons to $3.45 per 1,000 gallons for the next 15,000 gallons to $9.80 per 1,000 gallons for all water used over 30,000 gallons during a three month billing period.

One of the easiest ways to conserve water is to limit lawn and garden irrigation.  Grass that is brown isn't dead, it’s just dormant, and should revive by the fall with or without watering.  Customers should expect higher water bills if they choose to irrigate their lawn during the summer.  For more information regarding the outdoor water use regulations, water rates, and water conservation visit or call (757) 253-6800.



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