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.
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.