|‘Mud on the car’ a ‘badge of honor,’ Governor says|
|Monday, 15 October 2007 20:40|
Yesterday Governor Mike Easley urged Carolinians to stop watering lawns and washing cars.“A bit of mud on the car or patches of brown on the lawn must be a badge of honor,” he said, “it means you are doing the right thing for your community and our state.”
Easley called the state’s current drought unprecedented, and urged citizens to take whatever means necessary to save water, including turning off water when shaving or brushing teeth. Easley went on to ask restaurants to only serve water when customers ask for it and said water fountains and other ornamental devices should be shut off.
More than half of North Carolina’s 100 counties are experiencing an “exceptional” drought, the most severe category listed by the federal U.S. Drought Monitor. An additional 30 counties are listed in “extreme drought,” while 11 counties are in a “severe drought.
According to Easley, several communities have as little as three month’s water supply remaining. Some areas could face water rationing he said. 106 water systems have adopted mandatory water restrictions while 118 have enacted voluntary restrictions.
The statewide ban on open burning has also been reinstated. The August ban was lifted last month. Easley says he does not want to risk a forest fire when the state may not have the water to put it out.Forecasters are expecting a dry winter, which could mean drought relief is several months away.
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