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Sunday, 16 December 2007 19:00

Experts say the ongoing population boom will make it difficult for state officials to prevent long-term water shortages.

State leaders met with North Carolina Division of Water Resources Friday, the Associated Press reports. It’s up to the individual to conserve and maintain the state’s water supply, experts say. Simple technology solutions like low-flow showers must be used. Otherwise, governments will have to consider limits on residential growth or the development of smaller, more expensive water reservoirs, experts say.

John Morris, director of the North Carolina Division of Water Resources, says state leaders should consider providing rebates to people who purchase low-water appliances and assistance to help people install showerheads or other tools to lower water consumption. He also urged state leaders to provide consumers with a water efficiency standard.

Exceptional drought conditions cover 66 percent of the state. The rest of North Carolina is under extreme or severe drought.
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