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


Water restrictions outlined by Gov. Parris N. Glendening:

Lawns: Lawns may not be watered. Gardens may only be sprinkled with watering cans or a handheld hose.

Car washing: Homeowners may not wash cars. Commercial car washing is allowed only in facilities that practice certain conservation measures.

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.

Golf courses: An 80 percent reduction in water usage is required. Watering fairways is allowed using only syringe irrigation. Tees and greens are limited to the minimum necessary.

Restaurants: May not serve water to customers unless specifically requested.

Businesses: Asked to voluntarily reduce water use by 10 percent. Must prepare emergency plans to reduce water usage by 10 percent if required at a later date. Businesses using less than 10,000 gallons per day are excepted.

Farms: No prohibition on agricultural irrigation.

Open burning: Banned statewide. Does not apply to charcoal and gas grills, park campfires in approved rings or firefighter training.

Maryland Water Conservation Information Numbers:

State*: 1-877-4-DROUGHT

Montgomery: 240-777-2600

Prince George's: 301-952-4729

Howard: 410-313-2200

Anne Arundel: 410-222-8040

Charles: 301-645-0624

Calvert: 410-535-1600 ext. 301

St. Mary's: 301-475-8955 or


Baltimore: 410-396-3050

*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.



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

Businesses are being asked to refrain from washing sidewalks and driveways and reduce use of sprinklers to water outdoors. District government and federal agencies have been asked to conserve water.



Northern Virginia counties are asking residents to cut back water usage. These are conservation measures taken by the county governments.


Stopped watering lawns and is limiting watering of trees and shrubs.

Shut off fountains and stopped filling ponds.

Limiting washing of government vehicles and using only recycled water.

Stopped washing of outdoor paved surfaces and sidewalks.

Managers of fire stations, police stations, detention centers and other residential facilities have been asked to conserve water including by reducing shower length and only operating dishwashers and washing machines at full capacity.


Stopped watering all government lawns.

Stopped firefighter training drills.

Prince William, Fauquier

No measures have been taken.


Watering trees with recycled water.


Limiting watering of athletic fields.

Stopping firefighter training drills that use large amounts of water.


Mandatory water restrictions exist only for the 30,000 residential and commercial customers of the Loudoun County Sanitation Authority:

Lawns: Watering of lawns and landscaping, with containers of three gallons or less, is permitted only on an odd-even day basis. Residents and businesses with an odd street address may water lawns or landscaping only on odd calendar days, and those with even addresses may water only on even days.

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

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

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

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

Loudoun Water Conservation Information Number: