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Report says Boone will run out of water in 100 days PDF Print
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 06:24

An article published in the News & Observer lists Boone as one of the seventeen North Carolina water systems now nearing a crisis point.

According to a report from Drought Management Advisory Council chair Woody Yonts, Boone will have water for less than 100 days under current conditions. According to Yonts, that means local governments might have to find alternate sources for their residents.


The report took Boone Public Utilities Director Rick Miller by surprise.


"We're unaware of how the state derives those numbers because we haven't been contacted about that," Miller says.


His office has launched an investigation, and is waiting to get numbers verified from the state, a process he says could take several days.


In the meantime, he believes Boone is in good shape.


"We're getting rain now, we've had rain for the last couple of weeks, our intakes are overflowing... our lake levels have recharged and we're still at Stage 1 water shortage conditions," Miller says.


Should the state report be verified, however, that would have to change. Miller says he would be forced to call for mandatory restrictions on Boone’s water supply.


While the rain is good news, Miller encourages citizens to follow Governor Mike Easley’s advice and try to cut their water usage by 50 percent. For tips on how you can conserve, visit
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