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More Than 15 Inches of Rain Needed to Ease State's Drought

Posted August 21, 2007

— Officials at a Drought Management Council meeting said Tuesday the state needs at least 15 inches of rain in the next few months to ease drought conditions.

However, the likelihood of that happening was only about 30 percent, said Jeff Orrock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Nearly 75 percent of the state is under a severe or extreme drought, and weather officials said there is no sign of significant rainfall in sight. Officials said at the meeting that the state's drought conditions may last until next summer. They also said some hard decisions may have to be made, such as enacting stricter water restrictions.

The news comes as the state Division of Forest Resources initiated a statewide ban Tuesday on all open burning and canceled all burning permits.

The heat continues to take its toll on the yards of some homeowners, who are struggling to keep their landscaping alive.

"There's a part of me that says I have to water my yard, but there's a part of me that says I also need water to take a shower and cook with too," said resident Ken Edwards.

One private utility company though is taking matters into its own hands. With the state's permission, Aqua North Carolina put restrictions in place. Customers can only water twice a week at night, three hours at a time.

"The customers hold their destiny in their hands. If they are wise with irrigation practices, there will be plenty of water for domestic use," said Thomas Roberts, president of Aqua North Carolina.

Many people using a well system are having to go deeper to tap into water. State officials said wells in the Triangle show levels almost as low as they were in the drought of 2002.

"We are in a distressing situation, so if it continues, we'll continue to see a number of wells go dry," said Greg Bright of the Wake County Division of Water Quality.

Since July 1, Raleigh has issued 444 warnings to people for not following water restrictions. The city could go to tougher restrictions if the drought continues.


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  • Lightfoot3 Aug 22, 2007

    Jeremiah said, "you forgot, imposed their religion on you"

    Point AND match goes to Jeremiah! Excellent follow-up!

  • keepitsimple Aug 21, 2007

    The reason why we are having such a water issue is because people would rather water their lawn be nice and green then have the water to cook, take a bath, etc.

  • 37 Aug 21, 2007

    Good news because of the storm is I now have enough pine straw on my vehicle to form a manger scene. The bad thing is, I still haven't seen much rain.

  • 2MuchPork4Just1Fork Aug 21, 2007

    I wish the state would enforce the stricter water use laws already. I hate government intervention, but I think I'd hate not having water to drink even more.

  • William Tell Aug 21, 2007

    sld62105, I hope your post was supposed to say something, just not sure what it said......

  • William Tell Aug 21, 2007

    maybe the city planners could have thought about such things before approving all the urban sprawl???????????????? I know that would be asking them to do their jobs and thay can not be expected to do all that.

  • this is not mexico Aug 21, 2007


  • jonp63 Aug 21, 2007

    (and before any one speaks, I have Native American in my background),


  • this is not mexico Aug 21, 2007

    jonp63, you are right he wants his $5.00 hr workers doing what he want do.

  • this is not mexico Aug 21, 2007

    SpunkySouthernGirl42 wise word's.