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Durham Bans Outdoor Watering, Except for Saturdays

Posted October 15, 2007

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— The City of Durham will tighten water restrictions again Tuesday, eliminating lawn watering and irrigation.

The new restrictions ban all outdoor watering with automatic sprinkler systems and hose-end sprinklers. Hand-held watering hoses or drip irrigation will be allowed on Saturdays only, between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. or 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“After re-evaluating our water situation this weekend, I feel it’s prudent to cut back even more and even sooner than we had anticipated,” Durham City Manager Patrick Baker said.

Since implementing moderate mandatory conservation on Sept. 21, usage has decreased by only 16 percent, significantly less than the city’s 30 percent goal.

“It is essential that we start working together to inform the public about the seriousness of our current water situation and how they can help make a difference,” Baker said. “With no significant rainfall in sight, we need to start thinking about ways that we can extend our water supply for the future.”

Durham's main water source, Lake Michie, is down 14 feet.

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  • TriangleMommy Oct 16, 2007

    NC_VET - at least when Durham added water restrictions in the first place they added tougher restrictions, and they were quicker to tighten the belt on usage. And this is even in light of the fact that Durham has TWO sources of water for the city's water needs.

    I do agree that all outdoor water usage should be banned (lawns, car washes etc) but comparing Durham to Raleigh, when each has separate resources is ignorant.

  • jlynwin Oct 16, 2007

    You can walk across Falls Lake crossing 85 near hwy 15 Butner/Creedmoor. Unbelieveable. iris you have a good point.

  • NC_VET Oct 16, 2007

    Why is Durham not following example of Raleigh - STOP WATERING
    GRASS ?

  • dogsrule12cheek Oct 16, 2007

    If our state is in such a drought then why in the heck has the
    city officials been letting people water there grass, use the car washes, that stuff is not important its just grass it will grow back, and like someone else said is October why are you watering your grass anyways, thats stupid. If there is any doubt in someones mind about the water shortage just drive to falls lake and take a look its terrible i have lived in durham
    for 40 plus years and i have never seen the lake like this.

  • CestLaVie Oct 16, 2007

    "It is essential that we start working together to inform the public about the seriousness of our current water situation and how they can help make a difference,” Baker said. “With no significant rainfall in sight, we need to start thinking about ways that we can extend our water supply for the future."

    Yada, yada, yada. Mr. Baker: MOST of the public KNOWS. YOU & YOUR OFFICIAL COHORTS and BUSINESSES are the ones that need to "help make a difference" - NOW! Your little speech here makes you sound like a blowhard. Are you as impressed with your importance as you're trying to sound?

    "...start thinking about ways that we can extend our water supply for the future." - HA - that's a laugh too. Where you been? Australia or somewhere out of this country for 6-8 months now?

  • Deep Thought Oct 16, 2007

    Durham grants building permit after building permit with no thought as to where WATER is going to come from.

    Combine that with the "head in the sand" attitude about water conservation (you know, voluntary conservation will work)and it's a recipe for disaster. I can't believe Durham took so long to issue any restrictions.

    Wait, it's Durham, of course it took them until it was almost too late.

  • TheWB Oct 16, 2007

    I went to a local Wally World this morning to get my son the Transformer DVD before they got busy or ran out, ya better hurry, anyway, the lot was empty so it was easy to spot, what I thought for sure, was an open hydrant or busted water line and a river flowing across the lot, down a drain. I had to investigate, so I fought the current and went up stream, I was really miffed to see that the water was a drain line from their out door plant area coming from an overhead sprinkler system, just pumping away. I know these plants represent an investment and probably shouldn't go to waste, but in the severe state of drought we find ourselves in, by no means should Wal-Mart, Lowes or the others be using such wasteful systems. Besides, when all of this excess water is going down the drain don't you think the plants have had enough, can't they go to the trouble of hand watering during this crisis? I know it would give me a warm fuzzy for them to see them do so.

  • deerheadsjb95 Oct 16, 2007

    thats right go ahead water the grass when your but aint got no water to bath well see who is crying first people just dont think d#@n yanks

  • irishale Oct 16, 2007

    This article should read "State of NC bans non-agricultural watering". If it's outside, and it's not a legitimate crop, you shouldn't be watering it. period. the end. This is serious, folks, there's a creek behind my parent's house that has never been this dry in my lifetime... it's COMPLETELY dry now... not even a mud hole. It's time to end the fines/shutting off of water to violators, it's time for them to go to jail... putting water on your yard at this point should be considered a crime against the community/fellow man.

  • PikeQueen Oct 16, 2007

    Cause it's time to Lime,and fertilize.

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