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Durham Tightens Water Restrictions

Posted September 21, 2007

— Tougher water restrictions are now in effect in Durham in an effort to conserve what's left of the city's water supply.

Durham leaders said if the city does not get rainfall anytime soon, it will only have enough water to last 76 days. The lake levels at Little River Lake and Lake Michie, Durham's two main water supplies, continue to fall. Both lakes are at 12.7 feet below full.

The Bull City is now under Stage 3 restrictions to further stretch the water supply, which includes limiting the sprinkler action to Wednesdays and Saturdays and only between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. City leaders hope it will help cut water usage by 20 percent.

In addition, carwashing is not allowed unless the water is from a private well system and water cannot be used to wash down patios, sidewalks and driveways. Durham restaurants cannot serve water unless requested.

Chatham County will also move to Stage Three water restrictions, starting Monday. Jordan Lake, the county's main water source, is four feet below normal.

Under its restrictions, Chatham County residents are not allowed to water at all. Violators will have to pay a $250 fine.

The town of Siler City automatically has restrictions when the Rocky River Reservoir gets low. Businesses in the area are required to use 20 percent less water.


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  • imyourhuckleberry Sep 21, 2007

    nolying - you crack me up - I don't think a suit would fly, but definitely agree there. Seems like if you got a fine for using the water, you shouldn't have to pay for that water used. ;)

  • nolyinghere Sep 21, 2007

    If I ived in Durham and got a ticket for watering my lawn, I would sue the city for wasting city resources on trivial matters with all the crime in Durham, the last thing they need to worry about are water thieves. But being as water theives usually are harmless, i'm sure the cops there will give out plenty tickets so as to avoid dangerous situations, especially if the water thieves live close to krispy kreme

  • chiefjamesgriggncda Sep 21, 2007

    With the water supply that low why are we allowing anyone to water the grass. The grass will be fine with the small amount of rain we have been getting. when we run out and dont have clean water to drink or take a bath in the grass wont help.
    We can live with dirty cars and brown grass but not without water. I think the city should stop all lawn watering for now and try to make the water last longer.

  • Harrison Bergeron Sep 21, 2007

    "Maybe I missed all of the stories, where are they building the new reservoirs to hand the existing and future growth?" - IdoNOTliveinDurham


    Sadly, because of poor planning, there are no places left to create reservoirs that aren't already filled up with communities. Unlike China, we cannot simply decide we are going to put existing communities underwater.

    Too bad, because I think Durham would make a great reservoir.

  • IdoNOTliveinDurham Sep 21, 2007

    Maybe I missed all of the stories, where are they building the new resevoirs to hand the existing and future growth?

    Its amazing people don't think about schools often enough you hear none of our leaders talking about water for the future

  • Stephen Sep 21, 2007

    Maybe they should jack up the price of water like they do the price of gas when supplies are low. :o)

  • carnival glass Sep 21, 2007

    Last night I went to RDU to pick up my husband after a business trip. I was amazed to see the sprinklers going because it was RAINING at the time I was there. Granted we didn't get alot of rain yesterday, but still the grass was green already and didn't look too thirsty. WATER WASTERS!!!!

  • hollylama Sep 21, 2007

    I think Raleigh has about 120+ days left on their water supply...and they have a bigger population.

  • whocares Sep 21, 2007

    No one should be able to water their lawn. My lawn looks terrible but at least I am tryin to conserve water so that I can have something to drink.

  • TheWB Sep 21, 2007

    Uncgirl; Take your conservation to the next level and alleviate some of your neighbor's wastefulness. Why not use his sprinklers to rinse off?