Thursday, 01 November 2007 19:00
Governor Mike Easley called on all citizens yesterday,
including those who rely on private wells, to continue to conserve water.
speech came after last week’s rainfall decreased the number of exceptional
drought counties from 72 to 22. Easley says the rainfall’s effects could be
short-lived “as climatologists are predicting a drier-than-average winter.”
Easley renewed his call for North Carolinians to eliminate
outdoor water use. All sources of water are important to sustain during the
drought he says, even private wells.
Both state and federal officials monitoring ground
water have found wells are approaching or exceeding record lows. Some people
have been getting around water restrictions by using well water to wash their
cars and irrigate their lawns. While such uses are not restricted by public
water system ordinances, Easley says it’s still wasteful and decreases the
amount of water available for others. For more information on North Carolina’s
drought, visit www.ncdrought.org.