The restrictions also will affect some businesses. Car washes not on well systems, for example, will have to shut down completely.
First-time offenders will face a $500 fine, and second-time offenders will be fined $500 and must appear in court.
Those who violate the restrictions at least three times may have their water shut off by the city.
"I think $500 to me sounds a little steep," Siler City resident Jennie Bridgers said.
But, she said, she plans to conserve.
"I came from old school. I lived through the Depression," Bridgers said. "We comply with what the town thinks is best for us."
During a drought in 2002, town leaders in Siler City took the same approach.
In 2002, nobody was fined for violating the water restrictions, town manager Joel Brower said.
He added: "We achieved a water reduction of more than 20 percent, so we were very successful."
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