If an drought emergency is called for Berks County the following applies: prohibitions on lawn watering, car washing and filling swimming pools. But like most rules, there are exceptions, including:
Construction, emergency, public transportation and government vehicles may be washed whenever necessary to preserve proper functions and safe operation.
Car dealers may wash vehicles once a week in preparation for sale, but only on Tuesday for addresses with odd street numbers and on Wednesdays for addresses with even numbers or no numbers.
Personally owned vehicles may be washed with a bucket and a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle operated for no longer than two minutes, but only on the first and third Saturdays of the month for odd street addresses and the second and fourth Saturdays for even or unnumbered addresses.
Water can be served in restaurants, but only if the customer requests it.
While existing lawns can’t be watered, newly seeded or sodded grass may be watered, but only between 5:00 pm and 9 am and only with a bucket or a hand held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. The same applies to grass tennis courts.
Existing gardens, shrubs, trees and flowers may be watered from 5 pm to 9 am with a bucket; hand held hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle or with an irrigation system that restricts time or volume.
Water may be applied to athletic fields in a conservative manner, but only between 5 pm and 9 am one night per week, beginning two weeks prior to the first seasonal use of the field and ending with the season. Special state-approved plans are required for watering sand-based fields.
Municipal swimming pools can be filled if they serve more that 25 households. Pool operated by health-care facilities for patient care and rehabilitation may be filled. Private pools can be filled if approved by the owner or source of the water supply.
Golf courses may be watered, but only between the hours of 5 pm and 10 am and only under a plan approved by the state drought coordinator.
Source: Pennsylvania State Law