Tuesday, 28 August 2007 20:00
Mandatory water restrictions are popping up all over the
state- a reaction to the drought.
Cities with restrictions include Blowing Rock, Hickory,
Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh. Mandatory water restrictions currently affect
over 2 million people across the state- and are in effect for 57 of the 592
water systems, the state Division of Water Resources released yesterday. While
restrictions in most of the High Country are still voluntary, officials do not
know how long it will stay that way. According to Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson,
Public Utilities officials are monitoring water intake daily to identify when,
and if the need for mandatory water restrictions arises.
In Caldwell County, however, mandatory water
restrictions have been issued for all municipalities. Watering is only allowed
on Wednesday and Saturday. Sprinkler systems may be used between 9 p.m. and 4
a.m. on the designated watering days, and residential car washing is
prohibited. More restrictions may follow if conditions do not improve.
Residents who do not comply will be fined.