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Raleigh still enforcing water restrictions

Posted June 12, 2008

— The state is recovering from the drought, but city officials are still out enforcing water regulations.

More than 40 Raleigh water customers were cited for violations this week and charged $200 fines – the cost for a first offense.

"We do have to enforce the regulations," said Don Casterlin, a code enforcement inspector for the city.

"The second time you're caught, it's $1,000. The third violation, your water is shut off," he said. "They are serious consequences, but it's a serious situation. We've got to conserve our water supply."

The City Council voted to return to Stage I water conservation measures in April, and water customers are permitted to use irrigation one weekday per week and one weekend day to water their lawns.

For odd-numbered addresses, sprinklers are allowed on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses can use them Wednesdays and Sundays. Automatic irrigation systems can be used between midnight and 10 a.m. Hose-end sprinklers are allowed from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10pm.

Watering with a handheld hose is allowed anytime.


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  • DontAnnoyMe Jun 13, 2008

    "Apparently you missed the point that the OVERAGE of water that is in there now is floating away."

    smcallah - gasoline continually evaporates out of your gas tank. Are you running your car until the last drop is gone?

    While there is a lot of water around ATTM, easing restrictions while still in a drought is counterproductive to getting people to obey the restrictions, which is hard enough in itself. OWASA has year-round basic restrictions and it works. Water levels never got below 45%/6 months supply.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 13, 2008

    Dale - yours is a typical foolish response. This city has been annexing and taking on tons of growth. They allowed that growth to get out of sync with the available supply. When you reach a point where you are begging people not to flush their toilets, and then shut down some businesses you have failed in your responsibilities. Having conversation measures is fine, but as I said before, you should be able to provide supply without even the need for restrictions even during dry periods. By doing that, when you do get to a drought, you have a lot more of a water buffer available to see you through that drought. The city forces people onto the system and then does not have adequate resource. They are working on getting additional supplies and hopefully those will come online before things get serious again. And Raleigh has added users; they have not been supplying those towns forever. They were greedy and wanted the extra money.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 13, 2008

    The water police is out again. Meekerville is using the excessive fines to fund the general fund.

  • busyb97 Jun 13, 2008

    They announced yesterday our drought status has changed to moderate I think.

    Besides....this is the same situation we had last year. In May, Falls Lake was full, by July/August, we were having problems because of the heat and little/no rain (sound familiar lately?). But THIS year, we have watering restrictions. Cary has had 3 day/wk odd/even restrictions for years and they are the LAST ones impacted by droughts usually. It's about time Raleigh learns by example. I'd rather conserve a little now, and not have to go to extremes again this year, than just go back to "normal" until we are in trouble again...that's foolish.

    And to answer a previous poster about gardens, City of Raleigh's water restrictions rules say that "Hand-held hoses- allowed any time" and "Drip irrigation- not restricted"....so that could help you there. We do that for ours, and just are letting the grass go with what God sends.:)

  • Nobody but Carolina Jun 13, 2008

    Well, according to the following link, we're back under moderate drought conditions.


  • 59cruisers Jun 13, 2008

    For those of you referring to the lake levels, the reason they are down, it the army corps of engineers has been releasing excess water to get the lake down to 251.5'. While the city of Raleigh has tried to get them to hold back water, they claim their primary mission is flood control, not to maintain a water supply. Usually, they stop once they get to normal level, but once this hot weather set it, it upped the output by 50%! They did the same thing last year, but in years past, they were more conservative with their releases. They say it is to maintain flows downstream, but I have not found any info over what dictates this. Does anyone have any better info on this topic?

  • charlesboyer Jun 13, 2008

    " Just becuase the lake is full now doesn't change the fact that we are still in a drought, whether you want to believe it or not."

    Last time I checked, we were not in an official drought and the area was designated as 'abnormally dry' -- which is below drought designation. Has this changed?

  • A1 Go Canes Jun 13, 2008

    Raleigh was already supplying the outlying towns with water before they merged with Raleigh. It was cheaper for those towns with their limited budgets to let Raleigh fix their aging systems.
    Dale - You are totally right.

  • Dale Jun 13, 2008

    This city has nothing but a bunch of spoiled little cry babies. You can't win for losing here. It's all about me and my yard or my car and I should be able to do whatever I want with my water because I'm paying for it. Come on. If you don't remember, our lakes were full around this time last year...During summer months, we need tropical storms and hurricanes for the rain. Just becuase the lake is full now doesn't change the fact that we are still in a drought, whether you want to believe it or not. But as soon as we are down to 15 days of water (yeah it can happen, look at what other cities have gone through/are going through in the south) then you guys will be crying about how the city didn't do anything to prevent it...

  • whatelseisnew Jun 13, 2008

    Actually, I think some Raleigh folks ought to get together and sue the city. The city over-committed the level of water service it has to provide by agreeing to supply water to outlying towns. While certainly conserving during dry periods is wise, the city should not be fining people. Easley wants legislative control at the state level and in typical fashion he really wants control over the users of the water. The legislative control should be to require all municipalities to understand how many people and businesses they can reasonably support with their available water supplies. That support should accommodate dry periods. The state should then have strict laws on controlling the populations of municipalities so you do not have foolish behavior like Raleigh where they over-build and over-commit the water resource. The fundamental problem is Meeker and the Council view it as THEIR water and not the Citzens water.