Wednesday, 17 October 2007 20:28
Communities statewide are heeding Governor Mike Easley’s
call to increase their efforts to conserve water in the face of an
Easley says the cooperation has been tremendous, but that he
may have to ask citizens to do a little bit more.
Yesterday, Easley met with officials from the Department of
Crime Control and Public Safety, including the National Guard and the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources, to discuss the state’s plans
for water conservation and ensure local communities are cooperating with their
public water systems.
The meeting came days after Easley stopped just short
of imposing statewide water rationing, asking people to stop watering lawns and
washing cars. Several of the state’s largest cities have responded by enacting
tighter restrictions on outdoor water use. Water reservoirs are drying up
statewide, and water officials are already worried about possible shortages