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Raleigh Council OKs Watering Restrictions

Posted May 15, 2007

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— The Raleigh City Council unanimously voted Tuesday afternoon to impose mandatory, year-round water restrictions proposed by an advisory panel that studied water supply and the growing demand for it.

The restrictions are scheduled to go into effect July 2 and will limit when customers using lawn sprinklers and fixed irrigation systems may water their lawns.

Residents with odd-numbered addresses will be allowed to water their lawns only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Those with even-numbered addresses will have permission to water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Customers will not be allowed to water lawns on Mondays.

The proposal came to the full council after a vote last week by its Public Works Committee.

Public Works Committee Chair Jessie Taliaferro had said she expected the full Council to approve the restrictions, which will also affect areas outside Raleigh that get water from the city. Those municipalities include Garner, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon.

Violators would first be given a warning and then be subject to a $50 fine. The penalty would increase if there was a third violation.

Raleigh leaders had promised a public education campaign to help customers adapt to the change.

Public Utilities Director Dale Crisp said Raleigh water customers consume an average of 52 million gallons of water daily and at peak usage, an estimated 70 million gallons.

Mandatory water restrictions in Raleigh were lifted last May after a six-month period in which the city's main source of water, Falls Lake, dropped 8 feet below normal. The city has been under voluntary water restrictions since 2002.

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  • real earth May 16, 2007

    It is unfortunate that Raleigh City Counsell has chosen the side of unchecked growth over planned development based on our resources. The water situation is not going to get better, for as growth continues the existing population will see more restrictions and the potential for a water disaster will increase. This is a good example of how the short-term profits by developers and city leaders wins out over reason and sound long-term planning.

  • Gatsby May 16, 2007

    chef-w-sense said :well it is right that the govt. tells us ...I bet you would be like a bug in a rug in China. There the govt. there tells you what to do 24/7...Just like you want it. Have you ever noticed how govt. never gives you MORE freedom anymore ?...they always take alittle something. Next will be no cell phones while driving , no dogs on the sidewalk and no worshiping there.

  • MSN93 May 16, 2007

    Instead of year-round schools and year-round water restrictions I vote for year-round growth management.

  • MSN93 May 16, 2007

    Mandatory water restrictions, mandatory year-round schools due to lack of classroom space, emergency rooms backed up for hours, health-care system overtaxed, traffic tie-ups, jails overcrowded, etc. Growth in this county is OUT-OF-CONTROL!!! Measures must be taken to slow growth drastically NOW and stiff impact fees must be imposed on developers. And serious steps must be taken on a national level to limit the influx of illegal immigrants who are contributing significantly to all of the above problems.

  • djofraleigh May 15, 2007

    Raleigh was within days of running out of water last year.
    I'm for planned growth, done in a logic and efficient manner,
    and using sewer, water and building permits to control it.
    The Neuse River is, they say one of the most endangered rivers
    in the whole of the USA, and we drink from it and dump in it.
    Let's have the schools built, teachers, police, etc. hired
    by the time new housing is completed, and impact fees pay for it.

    As for our local government for bankers, builders and realtors, consider the few votes needed to install them into office. Did you vote for the winners? Do you feel like a winner now?

  • methinkthis May 15, 2007

    This is really not a how much you use but when you use it. Water your grass 30 minutes everyday or 60 minutes every other day, what is the difference. It is also the Raleigh City Council telling people who live in other towns how to use water. Water is in short supply when too many people in one area try to use it. Unmanaged-out-of-control growth results in shortage of resources like water and schools.

  • gwerbi May 15, 2007

    Sad that Raleigh leaders forgot the poeple of Raleigh, when looking to sell water to all the little towns around Raleigh. Looks great on a 'resume', when you control over 52 million gallons of water a day. (right Dale?) But now all of us have to suffer because of POOR planing. Next comes flushing the toilet on even or odd days.

  • methinkthis May 15, 2007

    If there is insufficient water to provide for the needs of those here then why are we continuing to allow people to connect to the water system. This is ridiculous, absurd! This is a bad case of fuzzy thinking. This is worshiping the god of growth and our quality of life is being sacrificed to it. If there is insufficient resource to meet the needs of those here, then there is certainly insufficient resources to allow others to add their use. Are we stuck on stupid?

  • chef-w-sense May 15, 2007

    I have read most of the posts. But have not seen anyone address the real problem, WE (humans) WASTE to much water and everything else. If we can not control how much we use, well it is right that the govt. tells us

  • Myword May 15, 2007

    This just in, Judge Crazy Howie says you can choose to water on Mondays!

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