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Durham Reduces Water Conservation After Rainfall

Posted December 20, 2005

— The city of Durham has returned to voluntary water conservation practices after last Thursday's rainfall.

According to the city's Department of Water Management, last Thursday's rainfall of 1.75 inches in Durham's two watersheds resulted in the complete refilling of Lake Michie over the weekend. Little River Reservoir is now only 4.55 feet below full, which is normal for this time of year.

"With the lake levels at or near normal for this time of year, we feel that the Stage II requirements are no longer necessary," said city manager Patrick Baker. "Therefore, I am repealing Stage II and reinstating the on-going measures of Stage I."

Baker thanked Durham residents for helping to reduce their consumption, which extended the available water supply through this fall's drought.

"I am confident that our residents will continue to use Durham's water resources efficiently," he said.

Stage I, which is in effect year-round, encourages residents to adopt practices that conserve water, such as check fixtures for leaks, storing water to drink in the refrigerator instead of letting the tap run, taking showers instead of baths, and turning off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.

Residents are also encouraged to limit the use of clothes washers and dishwashers and to only wash full loads.

For more water-efficency tips and information on current lake levels, residents can visit

the city's Web site

or contact the Department of Water Management at

(919) 560-4381

.

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