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Clayton to Begin Water Restrictions

Posted July 31, 2007

— The town will move from voluntary to mandatory water restrictions on Aug. 7, officials said Tuesday.

Nonessential water use, such as watering lawns, washing cars and filling pools, will be prohibited on Mondays.

Residents with even-number addresses will be able to conduct such activities on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Odd-number addresses will be able to do so on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

First-time violators will receive a warning. A second offense will bring a $50 fine. A third offense results in a $75 fine, and each subsequent offense is a $100 fine.


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  • zodad Aug 1, 2007

    I certainly don't want to see the day when water is entirely owned by private concerns..I was always under the impression that air and water were free commodities available to all...Gee I wonder how much a gallon will cost..How much can ya get for a liter of fresh air..By the way do all these water restrictions also apply to the local golf courses or are they exempt because of big money concerns??
    Water is slowly becoming a commodity to be be controlled and rationed by the super rich..Ya may have to go fill up at a local water station some day....MMMMMM 1984 has come and gone...

  • yaright Aug 1, 2007

    Drill your own well and tell the city where to go!

  • Darren Aug 1, 2007

    Brogden, that's a good point. Markets handle things very efficiently when everyone has a clear understanding of who owns what. A free market in water would quickly result in the cheapest and most environmentally friendly use of water since water providers would be liable for damages caused by their processes and water customers would be paying for the true cost of everything involved in water use (making them find new ways to conserve water).

  • Brogden Jul 31, 2007

    There need to be two water systems to each home. One - water to consume. Treated, safe. The other not toxic but for use watering grass, washing cars, etc. This would eliminate the need for all of the nitrogen going back into the rivers, etc. Now, the way it is, pretty much all water used regardless of use has been treated for drinking. That's a huge waste.

  • joco cruiser Jul 31, 2007

    We wouldn't be having any of these problems if people had to get their own water from a stream. Course, people would be a lot slimmer if that were to happen.

  • ladyblue Jul 31, 2007

    Kerr lake is also getting strained with everyone trying to get their water. Never thought I'd see the day Vance country would need to advise bordering counties to watch and keep up with their growth. I don't understand why people who think that multiplying humans on earth uses resources, and without resources going back in the earth, it is bound to run out sooner or later. Why have people become so greedy. That's what happens when we quit caring for each other and only look out for ourselves. Seems to me if some companies want to invent creative ways to increase resources they shouldn't let the county hold them back. If they succeed then we could switch to their developments.

  • Darren Jul 31, 2007

    Yes, this is the kind of thing you see when the government controls something. When will we realize that there's nothing special about water that makes it impossible to be owned and delivered by private competing companies? Just get the government out of the water business, and the private sector will find a way to quickly and efficiently deliver cheap, clean water to consumers, developing lots of new technologies along the way. It's just a matter of respecting property rights.