The Charles County Commissioners are requesting that residents voluntarily restrict their outdoor water use due to extended drought conditions that he region has been experiencing.

The Charles County Department of Utilities is monitoring the situation to ensure that the system is adequately supplied.

If the current precipitation and usage trends continue, mandatory restrictions may be possible. It is suggested that residents follow these water saving tips:

• Cover your pools and spas to prevent evaporation.
• Use a broom to clean your sidewalks and driveways, instead of using your hose.
• Make sure to check outdoor pipes, pools, hoses, and faucets for leaks.
• Use a bucket of water to wash your car, instead of leaving your hose running.
• Avoid watering your lawn and plants between 10 am and 6 pm.
• Turn off sprinkler systems during rain storms.
• Check your sprinklers for leaks.
• Notify the proper authorities if you see broken sprinklers, broken pipes, open hydrants, or any other water wasting issues.

The Charles County Commissioners and the Department of Utilities will continue to keep citizens updated on this situation, and will notify citizens if further action is necessary.