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Water Conservation Measures Should Be Permanent, Some Say

Posted October 25, 2007

— Shorter showers, limited lawn-watering – conservation is part of daily life now as North Carolina sees the worst drought in its recorded history.

But some say the measures to conserve water should be permanent.

"(The) drought – it is in our foreseeable future," said Janet Steddum, a local author who wrote a book entitled "The Battle for Falls Lake." "I think it is probably easier to develop a good habit of conservation."

The book chronicles the history of Raleigh's main source of water, which is about 8 feet below normal. Local officials are looking at ways to extend its capacity.

There is talk among some Raleigh leaders to modify water rules even after water levels return to normal.

And as population numbers continue to grow, water resources will continue to be stretched.

Ed Buchan with Raleigh Public Utilities says even after the drought, people should live their lives as if they are saving every drop.

"We want that to become part of your everyday life," he said.

Steddum said that would mean going back to using water the way Raleigh water customers used to before the dam was built.

"Conserve like your life depends on it is all I can say," she said.


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  • dws Oct 27, 2007

    water conservation is a given.....climatic shifts and continued growth demand conservation

  • djofraleigh Oct 26, 2007

    Always living conservative means when hard times hit, there is nothing more to do.
    Let’s not become a sinking ship with no cargo to throw over.

    Air, water, sunshine and the stars are things I like to see as abundant. I want my kids to slip and slide, splish and splash. I don't want to be miserly with what in this land is abundant -- water. Raleigh is not a desert. Why ride a camel and not let it drink?

    Stop the growth, now. Build the dams and fill the reservoirs and when there is too much water, let some growth come, but always, let conservation be by saving up stores of aplenty and always being ready for those 7 lean years.

  • YourMom Oct 26, 2007


  • YourMom Oct 26, 2007


  • dws Oct 26, 2007

    Ongoing water conservation should be put into place, IMO. When it first started in Cary, I was was skeptical, but it shortly became a natural way of life. Even/odd days are more than sufficient.

  • crckttsgr Oct 26, 2007

    Where can I purchase a rain barrel?

  • WXYZ Oct 26, 2007

    People, PLEASE, read your history. NC has had droughts many times before; and NC has had FLOODS many times before. Rain from Tropical Storms and Hurricanes is what has been missing over the past few years and is the real cause of low water levels. Remember that the GREATEST cause of loss of life, property and livelyhood is due to EXCESS RAIN, NOT drought. Odds are that we will get hit by tropical rain next year--so get ready for that now. Conversely, NC population has been growing rapidly, but the excessive water loss is not from human or animal consumption, it is from higher average temperatures, which cause higher evaporation rates. And yes, we all should plant MORE TREES and MUCH LESS GRASS and utilize landscaping (commercial and residential) which needs MUCH LESS water. We need to add more water capture and storage capacity (at all levels from homeowners to state) to see us through the dry spells. Please, stop watering your grass!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 26, 2007

    Raleigh should put into place rules that ban the selling of fescue seed and the planting of fescue seed. Fescue is a cold weather grass that needs a lot of water to survive in our summer heat.

    People should only be allowed to plant warm weather grasses including zoysia, centipede, and bermuda. So what that the grass turns brown during the winter.

    The warm weather grasses use very little water and don't need to be watered during the summer.

    In Memphis, TN everybody plants Bermuda and nobody has a problem since everybody's yard turns brown during the winer.

    The landscapers would lobby against this because the warm weather grasses have the ability to regenerate, spread, and fill in open spots removing the need for the landscapers to overseed every fall.

  • TheWB Oct 26, 2007

    Permanent water "restrictions" are the ultimate political bail out. Think about it, it gives the appearance of public concern, it doesn't create any more administrative responsibilities, it requires no budget battle nor will it raise taxes because it is free. Oh halleluiah what a deal! I did notice a note in the story that increasing reserves would be looked at, well now would be a darn good time to "look at it," since you can clearly see the bottom of most reservoirs. What wasn't mentioned was the double edged sword for our development hungry, local, pre-paid politicians that permanent restrictions may cause. What effect would it have on the quality of life in the area, would the masses still want to move to an area where they aren't allowed to use water freely? It would be nice if leaders rolled up their sleeves and went to work on real long term solution, but doing it the easy way is often the path taken.

  • YourMom Oct 26, 2007

    Water conservation should be observed 24/7.
    It's the egocentric idiot that thinks otherwise.