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UNC-Chapel Hill Students Get Lesson In Water Conservation

Posted August 19, 2002

— As the town of Chapel Hill experiences its worst drought on record, it now has 25,000 additional people tapping into its water supply.

As students returned to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this weekend, they received flyers about the water shortage and conservation measures on campus.

New rules for students include 5-minute showers, flushing toilets only when necessary, and reporting leaks and flooding.

At least 50 percent of the university system uses well water. For example, signs tell visitors that Coker Arboretum is not using Chapel Hill's water supply.

UNC Energy Director Ray Debois expects the Orange County Water and Sewer Authority, OWASA, to adopt stricter water restrictions this next week.

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