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Drought Conditions Remain Same for Most of N.C.

Posted October 11, 2007

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— A government report released Thursday shows drought woes continue throughout most of North Carolina.

The report stated 86 of the state's 100 counties are in the extreme or exceptional status. Despite the expected arrival of lower temperatures later in the week, officials said the state still needs at least 15 inches of rainfall to ease statewide drought conditions.

Hundreds of towns and cities across the state are currently under voluntary or mandatory water restrictions. Gov. Mike Easley said if we do not get significant rainfall in two weeks, he will be forced to tighten the state's tap even more.

"Once you get in a situation where the fire departments don't have enough water or public safety (tells me) you don't have enough drinking water, then I can step in and do a lot of things," he said.

Easley said North Carolina is at the threshold of being in a state of emergency in terms of the drought. State law gives the governor the power to impose prohibitions and restrictions in all areas affected by a state of emergency.

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  • gopanthers Oct 11, 2007

    Landscaping my backyard. Desert theme. Now I just need to find some big fans to put out there to blow the tumble weed around to get the full effect. Does anyone know where I can get my hands on a truck load of sand? I have plenty of Catus and Rocks. Might even put a Western Saloon out there in the back. Good thing about this - I won't have to drink and drive.

  • gopanthers Oct 11, 2007

    RALEIGH DOODLEBUG - Didn't you get the memo. No drinking water from Mexico. Bad for ya. LOL

  • Michael Kenyon Oct 11, 2007

    Let's see....

    Hmmm....

    We HAD a drought...

    Then it rained 0.0000234" inches...

    Then I walk out and look at the camels walking by...

    Yep, we still have a drought!

  • whatelseisnew Oct 11, 2007

    So on to the next step in conserving; bathing once per month; brush teeth; once per week; flush once per week. Shaving stop until the drought clears. Keep a sponge with you at all times in case you sweat to soak up that water. Anyone else with some helpful tips?

  • gopanthers Oct 11, 2007

    Really, I know the drought is serious and water conservation is extremely important (now more then ever) but I truly wonder sometimes just how many back up systems are in place that maybe all or some us don't know about that the Triangle has. That is of course if Falls Lake runs dry (and I truly hope we never get to that point). I just can't comprehend/believe a county "like Wake" running completely dry. Yes I guess it's possible but I just can't get the image out of my head of a Thriller Movie on the Sci Fi Channel.

  • DrJ Oct 11, 2007

    donnie and seeingthru, maybe I'm just missing the boat on this. If we were to implement the kind of conservation levels you two are advocating, how much water would that save per day? And how many days "extra" would that give us before the water would run out?

    Honestly, I feel like these passionate pleas for conservation are just fear based responses. But it wouldn't be the first time I was wrong. I'm certainly willing to listen to some cold hard facts that support your position. I just don't think conservation beyond where we are now will make a significant impact on the longevity of the water supply (and that's beside the fact that I'm confident it'll rain because it always has).

  • donnied1952 Oct 11, 2007

    It's to the point now that it's foolish to water lawns at all. And even more foolish to pore millions of gallons on the road in Cary so the road doesn't melt. Seems to me that it would have cheaper and better for the drought conditions if they had just let it burn, until they could turn off the gas, so long as no people were in danger. Wake up people, now is the time to become a conservative water user, not in month from now, when we still haven't had any rain.

  • DrJ Oct 11, 2007

    Shine, no offense taken. I know you were trying to make an analogy to get your point across. I didn't mean any offense, either, but I was pointing out that your analogy simply isn't valid in this situation.

  • seeingthru Oct 11, 2007

    we need the most dramatic restrictions imosed NOW!!!!

  • shine Oct 11, 2007

    DrJ ... "look at the cookie question"........ I do read the headlines and explained that I was not being sarcastic.

    Sorry if you took it the wrong way...

    I happen not to be in the water shortage - that alot are in. I have agood well although I am conserving myself.

    I have been saying since Day#1 we should go to conservative measures. I read the Headlines as well as the articles.

    I just hope that something will be done before alot have to do without!

    Sorry if I offended you and really I guess I could have worded it differently. It was a bit strong seemingly toward you. apologize....................

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