Officials with Richmond Utilities say a water conservation request is an effort to stay ahead of conditions as Richmond continues to deal with a moderate drought.
"It's just been dreadfully dry," said Steve Waddle.
Waddle says he's worked hard to get the landscaping in front of his house to look good.
"You have to stay with it. Pulling weeds and keeping water on it," he said.
Now, he says he may have to cut back on that lawn care after City of Richmond issued the notice this morning requesting that people stop using water for non-essential reasons.
"We hate to see our work go for naught, but that's just the right thing to do," Waddle said.
He says he's gladly cut back and hopes others will as well.
"Conservation at this point is not a bad thing at all. If we all pull together it'll make it easier on everyone," said Waddle.
Right now, cutbacks are voluntary, but officials say if the drought gets worse, restrictions could become mandatory.
"Levels on the Kentucky River have been dropping and possibly the Division of Water could place some restrictions on some cities. Before it comes to that point, hopefully it doesn't, we'll be proactive in asking for voluntary restrictions," said Scott Althauser, the manager of Richmond Utilities.
Utilities officials said people who use water for work like landscaping companies and car washes aren't affected by the request.
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