- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - Westerly has put in place 61-day emergency law limiting some water uses for residents and businesses as the area experiences what town officials are calling “extreme drought” conditions.”

The Town Council voted Monday to adopt the ordinance, which limits when residents can water lawns, fill pools or wash cars or homes. Violators will be warned and face a $100 fine for subsequent offenses.

Addresses that end with an even number can use water without restrictions on even numbered days. Addresses that end with odd numbers can use water without restrictions on odd numbered days.

Businesses that must use water for their service are exempt.

Utility officials say the town’s water tank level has dropped to 12 feet, from its full level of about 37 feet because of high demand.

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