Thursday, 20 December 2007 22:01
Governor Mike Easley encouraged local governments yesterday
to step-up water conservation efforts.
Easley asked local governments to charge
hefty prices to residents who use more water than necessary. His proposed plan
would keep prices low for necessary water use but encourage conservation by
“significantly” raising the price of water on customers who use excessive
amounts. Easley doesn’t want the charges to be temporary- he believes the plan
should remain permanent for long-term conservation.
A report released yesterday says two-thirds of the
state is under the most intense category of drought: exceptional. The remainder
of the state is classified as extreme or severe drought. Forecasters don’t
expect the drought to let up in the next few months.