Local Politics

Governor's Mansion Cuts Water Use

Posted October 25, 2007

— Gov. Mike Easley apparently brushes his teeth with the tap off and has come to accept a brown lawn like everyone else in North Carolina.

As Easley continues to urge North Carolina residents to curb their water consumption, he has followed his own advice and cut back water use at the Governor's Mansion.

Water bills for the Governor's Mansion for the last seven months show that both indoor and outdoor water use has dropped in recent months. The governor's residence has a separate water meter to measure its irrigation.

Sprinklers were turned off at the residence on Aug. 12, three days before Easley issued a directive to state agencies in Wake County to eliminate unnecessary water use, said Seth Effron, Easley's spokesman.

During a six-week billing cycle that ended July 18, the Governor's Mansion spent $1,166 on outdoor watering. That dropped to $804 for the two-month billing cycle that followed, the most recent records available.

Indoor use dropped by about a third between the last two billing cycles, from $154 for the month ended July 18 to $200 for the two-month cycle – or about $100 per month – ended Sept. 17, the most recent record available.

About 40 people work in the Governor's Mansion, and the residence also hosts daily tours for the public and frequent receptions and other events, Effron said.

This week, Easley asked all state residents to cut their water use in half until Halloween to give officials a better idea of what steps would be needed in the event of a water emergency.

"This is a manageable crisis. It should not be that hard to deal with it if everybody steps up," he said.


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  • kmdeal Oct 27, 2007

    Window dressing. Real leadership takes a lot more than turning the water off while brushing your teeth. Let's just take one example of enormous state incompetence; the improper paving of I-40 last year that resulted in a requirement to resurface the entire stretch of highway because it was so poorly done. 10's of millions down the tubes and the DOT says "oops." Easley has a corrupt and incompetent government and does nothing to enact major reform. I could care less about his water use at the mansion. The real priority is elsewhere.

  • turnpike420 Oct 26, 2007

    well, duh, if anyone leaves the tap running while brushing their teeth they should be drawn and quartered. that's just an obvious stupid waste.

  • bonnnie Oct 26, 2007

    GOOD... He should conserve water just as everyone else.

  • PeaceOut2017 Oct 26, 2007

    I'd like to see some rain barrels on the Gubner mansion's lawn

  • Tidbit Oct 25, 2007

    I gotta ask.. with so many people not liking Greasly, how did het get re-elected? Either a bunch of people are masochistic and like him stealing their money so they can whine.. or... well.. /scratch head.

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  • cuba Oct 25, 2007

    is too late !!!!

  • BR549 Oct 25, 2007

    What a joke! Turning off the water while you brush your teeth and reducing the amount of lawn irrigation is not an example of leadership!

    Step up already and be a governor! Asking people to cut water consumption in half by halloween is unbelievably unrealistic.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 25, 2007

    You are right easley does his part. Every budget cycle he reaches deeper into our pockets and extracts more money and then puts the state deeper in debt by borrowing even more money. I would not mind that so much, but every year things in this state keep deteriorating. But hey he is just a swell Governor.