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Orange County Declares Water Shortage Alert

Posted September 13, 2001

— Orange County has declared a Stage 2 water shortage alert.

Its source of water, Lake Orange, is more than two feel below full. The alert applies to users of water from Orange-Alamance Water System and the town of Hillsborough.

The following voluntary water conservation measures are now applicable:

  • Use shower for bathing rather than bathtub and limit shower to no more than four minutes.
  • Limit flushing of toilets by multiple usage.
  • Do not leave faucets running while saving or rinsing dishes.
  • Limit use of clothes washers and dishwashers and when used, operate fully loaded.
  • Limit lawn watering to that which is necessary for plants to survive.
  • Water shrubbery the minimum required, reusing household water when possible.
  • Limit car washing to the minimum
  • Do not wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, patios, etc.
  • Install water flow restrictive devices in shower heads.
  • Use disposable and biodegradable dishes.
  • Install water-saving devices such as bricks, plastic bottles or commercial units in toilet tanks
  • Limit hours of operation of water-cooled air conditioners.
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