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Johnston Residents Ordered to Conserve Water

Posted May 25, 2007

A mandatory water conservation order is temporarily in effect for all Johnston County residents.

“The combination of undetermined water loss during the night and high demand due to dry weather conditions make this necessary,” said Johnston County Manager Rick Hester.

The order applies to irrigation of lawns and gardens and other non-essential uses.


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  • tulips4445 May 26, 2007

    "County spokesman Pat LaCarter later said the mysterious water loss was traced to the volunteer fire department in Archer Lodge, near Clayton, which used as much as 400,000 gallons of water overnight to fill several ponds used for irrigation from fire hydrants.

    He said members of the fire department failed to let anyone know in advance. The county uses about 4 million gallons of water a day."

    this is from the N&O. There was no fire, they were just filling ponds.

  • tell.the.truth.and.run May 25, 2007

    Yet another reason to love having a private well.

  • chickenwire May 25, 2007

    wmpm1270.com (a local johnston county am station) reports that some one tapped into a fire hydrant to fill a "large pond". johnston co. is purchasing water from wendell to get levels back up to par.

  • special k May 25, 2007

    a single user drained the water supply and left a lot of elevated tanks pretty much empty - they're not saying don't take a shower or wash clothes just not to water your lawns or flowers through the weekend

  • Naturesmist May 25, 2007

    Ya'll need to check out the story on wtvd. Really filled in alot of blanks for me since I live in Four Oaks. Comm'on WRAL we could use alittle more info in these types of stories.

  • chickenwire May 25, 2007

    movie line........"maybe no one drank it, maybe it evaporated!"

  • historians4th May 25, 2007

    It may have been Johnston Memorial Hospital, they are doing a lot of digging at their new construction site.

  • pinkhillexile May 25, 2007

    Yikes did I leave the sprinkler on again...?

  • jaybabe May 25, 2007

    ABC11 news had a lot more information than this news article.

  • Love my boys May 25, 2007

    There was a fire of some kind in the Antioch district late yesterday afternoon/early evening but I can't see this affecting the water supply since we don't have county water out that far!