Westerly issues emergency ordinance for wasting water amid drought

Garden Hose
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WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) — Westerly issued an emergency ordinance Tuesday prohibiting residents from wasting water amid the town’s drought.

Among things considered to be wasteful are the watering of lawns, filling of swimming and wading pools, washing of houses, cars, sidewalks, and boats, and any other similar water use.

Residents who have an address ending in an even number will be able to use water without restrictions on even numbered calendar days. Residents with an odd numbered address will be able to use water without restrictions on odd numbered calendar days.

Anyone caught wasting water will be given a warning for the first offense, and will be fined $100 for each additional offense.

The order will stay in effect until it is dismissed, or it is automatically repealed after 60 days.

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