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Governor Wants N.C. to Cut Water Use in Half

Posted October 22, 2007

— Gov. Mike Easley called on citizens across North Carolina on Monday to cut water consumption by 50 percent between now and the end of the month.

"Whenever you use water, cut the amount by half, whether it is taking a shower or washing the dishes," Easley said in a news release.

He also asked each of the state's public water systems to increase reporting to the state by recording the amount of water used daily and submitting that to his office on a weekly basis to help communities monitor the effectiveness of water-saving measures.

"We likely will spot important trends and pick up valuable conservation methods that communities can share," Easley said.

Easley said his office will collect the information and, after Halloween, release a list of those systems that have significantly reduced consumption. The governor's office will continue to do so as long as the drought, which is the worst on record, persists.

“With a full week’s report, we will be able to determine the amount of water saved by each community while our citizens give us their best effort to cut water use by one-half," Easley said. "This will be valuable information to have if we get to a situation where rationing is needed."

Last week, Easley began his call for statewide water conversation by asking residents to conserve at least one gallon of water each day and to stop watering their lawns and washing their vehicles.

"A dirty car is a sign of civic responsibility," he said, adding that brown grass is appropriate for mid-October.

Many municipalities, including Raleigh, Fayetteville, Chatham County, Johnston County and the district that serves Chapel Hill and Carrboro, have declared mandatory or voluntary water restrictions and have also tightened their restrictions since Easley's call last week.

Seventy-one of North Carolina's 100 counties were in exceptional drought, the federal government's highest classification, as of last week.


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  • Joshua Oct 23, 2007

    In repsonse to independent-opinion "dredging"

    Good points on the cans and can't dos of dredging. I was thinking more along the lines of option #2. And if we could only dig 10 to 15 feet deeper, WOW, that'd give a tremendous boost in capacity, No? If we had 10 more feet of storage than we do now, that would put us where we would 'normally be' without having dredged. Yes? But the dirt... I have no clue what could be done with that. You can put a few tons in my backyard, but that's not going to solve the problem of millions of tons. Where would you suggest putting the dirt (if the existing reservoirs could be dredged?)

  • Joshua Oct 23, 2007

    In response to independent-opinion:

    Herbicides, not pesticides. Yes, while uncivilized, I would argue that using public water for lawn irrigation in a drought is more uncivilized. It is destruction of private property (maintained by public water), howeever, chemical trespassing is a far far stretch, at best. A license is not needed to use 'off the shelf' grass killer. And we're talking enough to be an annoyance; not dumping 5000 gallons of toxins. Runoff? Again, just a little bit'll do... and without rain or irrigation, how would this be run-off? Regardless of your 'independent-opinion', i'm sick and tired selfish people using our limited resources without regard for everyone else. Fines don't seem to help; giving them nothing to water might be a viable option. And that's my independent opinion.

  • TheWB Oct 23, 2007

    "Governor Wants N.C. to Cut Water Use in Half"

    If he can do it to the Highway Trust Fund, well the by golly, he can do it to water usage too.

  • rainy39 Oct 22, 2007

    My family has always conserved water, we don't waste resources, just common sense. NC GOV needs to go to tiered billing, hitting people in the wallet will curb excessive usage, but businesses need to be on tiered billing also. Businesses can impact our water consumption way more than residents.

    I work in food services and they waste more water defrosting food for consumption by people who want to pay 8.00 for a sandwich than I can waste in a week showering and brushing my teeth that are necessities. Its crazy that businesses dont have to worry about water just so they can profit from us eating.

  • WFrules Oct 22, 2007

    This is crazy. Put restrictions on businesses like you do home owners and I'll follow the rules.

  • Teacher08 Oct 22, 2007

    Anyone seriously considering buying water now and storing it in your home as the possibility of rationing water to consumers becomes more of a probability?

  • ncwoman Oct 22, 2007

    Our source says we are billed based on "thousands" used. I'll call my water source tomorrow, Fun. I would like to know what a unit really is.

  • jon2 Oct 22, 2007

    If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down!

  • mark23456 Oct 22, 2007


    Put a 1/2 container(like OJ) filled with water in your toilet's tank. That way you're reducing consumption by 1/2gal of water with every flush.

  • grant Oct 22, 2007

    Some one have recent pictures of the governers mansion's lawn or his limo?