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More Water Conservation Required in Siler City

Posted October 1, 2007

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— Siler City's water customers will be required to cut their consumption in half by next week, after Mayor Charles L. Turner proclaimed a water-shortage emergency on Monday.

All households and businesses must cut their water use by 50 percent by 8 a.m., Monday, Oct. 8., according to mandatory reductions adopted by the town Board of Commissioners. Other banned uses include all watering of lawns and outdoor vegetation, washing cars, power-washing driveways and sidewalks, and filling pools and fountains.

"Continued very dry weather with little prospect for improvements in the near future makes it necessary to ask for these strict conservation measures," the ordinance signed by Turner reads.

Siler City backed its water restrictions with strict consequences: a $500 hit for the fist violation, a civil injunction for the second, and termination of service within three days for a third.

Customers have been asked to reduce water consumption by 20 percent since Sept. 10. when the town's Rocky River Reservoir was down 9 feet. At that time, Town Manager Joel Browder told WRAL he hoped to stretch out a 90-day water supply for another 30 to 40 days.

"With everyone's cooperation, such measures can significantly reduce the Town's water consumption and help to maintain adequate water reserves," the new ordinance urged.

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  • Proud2BUS Citizen Oct 2, 2007

    When the number of days left for water is being posted it is time that watering lawns is stopped. This is at all levels –even if you have “WELL WATER”. Don’t you folks know that “WELL WATER” affects that water table too? No one can say when it is going to rain so we don’t want to wait until we only have 30 – 45 days left to cut the water consumption.

    The other thing is lawns are not as important as our farmer’s crops. I would rather have the water going to the individuals who provide us with food on our tables than to have a green lawn in front of my house.

  • still big Oct 1, 2007

    I have only been i siler city a few times with my job. It will be bad with less people bathing.

  • veyor Oct 1, 2007

    Dig some more holes for when it does rain. We could name one, "Little River Reservoir".

  • paddie Oct 1, 2007

    Soon about the entire state will be in this same boat. Will someone explain it to the HOA's?

  • taylor boy Oct 1, 2007

    It doesn't matter what $500 someones going to be hit with, it wont change the level of the water. put em in jail I say.