Across the region, residents are being asked to conserve water. In some areas, mandatory restrictions have been set.

Maryland

Mandatory

Residential water restrictions outlined by Gov. Parris N. Glendening:

Lawns: Lawns may not be watered. Gardens may be sprinkled only with watering cans or a hand-held hose. New lawns laid down or seeded after July 1 but before Aug. 4 may be hand-watered between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Car washing: Residents may not wash cars. Commercial car washing is allowed, but those facilities that do not recycle at least 80 percent of their water must close each Tuesday and must attempt to cut back 10 percent on water use, like other businesses. Carwashes are prohibited from washing undercarriages of cars.

Pools: Private pools may not be filled or topped off. Public pools, pools serving health care facilities and residential pools serving more than 25 units may be filled or topped off. Newly constructed pools may be filled.

Paved surfaces: No washing of streets, roads, sidewalks, driveways, buildings, garages, parking areas or patios.

Fountains: Operation of orna-mental fountains, artificial waterfalls and reflecting pools is not allowed.

Restaurants: Restaurants may not serve water unless it is specifically requested.

For more information, call the state hot line*: 1-877-4-DROUGHT

*State drought hot line hours have been extended from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends.

VIRGINIA

Voluntary

Most Northern Virginia counties are asking residents to conserve water, but there are no mandatory restrictions. The exception: Both Loudoun and Spotsylvania counties are under mandatory restrictions.

Mandatory Loudoun and Spotsylvania County Water Restrictions

Lawns

In Loudoun: Daily watering of lawns and landscaping is permitted using only containers that are three gallons or less. Customers with addresses ending in odd numbers may water with a hose or sprinkler system on odd-numbered days of the month, those with even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days.

In Spotsylvania: No lawn watering is allowed. Shrubs and trees may be watered by drip irrigation or with buckets.

Car washing

In Loudoun: Washing cars, trucks and trailers is not permitted except using a container of three gallons or less, or using commercial wash facilities.

In Spotsylvania: Car washing is prohibited except at carwashing facilities that recycle water.

Paved surfaces

In Loudoun: Washing streets, driveways or other paved areas and buildings is not permitted except using containers of three gallons or less.

In Spotsylvania: Driveways, streets and other paved surfaces may not be washed at all.

Fountains

In Loudoun: Operating ornamental fountains is not permitted. Filling swimming pools or wading pools is not permitted unless the pool is already three-fourths full.

In Spotsylvania: Restrictions are the same for fountains. Swimming pools may not be filled at all.

Restaurants

In Loudoun, Spotsylvania: Restaurants may not serve water unless it is specifically requested.

THE DISTRICT

Voluntary

Residents are being asked to use buckets rather than hoses when washing cars, to shut off faucets when brushing teeth or shaving, and to run washing machines and dishwashers only when full.