Monday, 22 October 2007 12:50
Governor Mike Easley urged North Carolinians today to cut
their water use by 50 percent between now and Halloween.
The request comes
after Easley has already asked communities across the state to conserve water
as an unprecedented drought worsens statewide. 71 out of the state’s 100
counties are classified in exceptional drought, the highest classification.
Easley encouraged residents to experiment with drastic
cuts in water use over the next week so officials can see whether the state
will be able to manage as the supply of water continues to drop. Easley’s
office will monitor public water systems across the state, then release a list
of those that saw significant reductions in water consumption between today and