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Leaders say the City of Richmond, Henrico, Hanover and Goochland counties will announce water conservation measures later this week because of low levels in the James River.

In fact, voluntary conservation measures will likely are expected to be announced on Friday, August 12.

Chesterfield County, whose water management plan is governed in part by the Appomattox Water Authority entered voluntary conservation today.

For the other counties low water levels in the James River necessitate the issuance of voluntary compliance measures to assist local governments in providing water to all customers in the region, while also meeting the requirements of the James River Regional Flow Management Plan.

This plan calls for voluntary conservation measures once water levels in the James River reach Natura.

Additionally, City of Richmond customers may also see a conservation rate surcharge on their water bills if use exceeds 140 percent of their normal winter water usage.

DPU’s water conservation rate went into effect July 1, 2008. The higher commodity rate will be charged on their excess usage. This is to encourage conservation-friendly behavior.

Significant rainfall may eliminate the current low water level conditions, allowing these voluntary water conservation measures to be lifted.