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More sprinklers, less ice water under Raleigh's new rules

Posted September 16, 2008

— The City Council on Tuesday approved a revised set of water restrictions that are based on recommendations from an advisory panel.

The new rules allow people to use sprinklers and automatic irrigation systems three days a week, up from two days. Residents with odd-number addresses will be allowed to irrigate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while those with even-number addresses can turn on the sprinklers on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Automatic systems can be used between midnight and 10 a.m., while sprinklers can be used from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the assigned days. Watering with a hand-held hose will continue to be allowed any day.

The council added a prohibition on wasteful water use, so people caught watering driveways, sidewalks or streets could face fines.

Indoor water restrictions that the council approved include banning restaurants from serving glasses of water to customers who don't specifically request it. Also, hotels and motels must ask guests spending more than one night to use towels and bed linens more than once before they are laundered.

The new rules apply to all customers on the municipal water system, including residents of Raleigh, Garner, Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, Wake Forest and Rolesville.

First-time violators will received a written warning, and officials will impose a $50 civil penalty for a second violation and $200 penalty for a third violation. A fourth violation will result in interruption of the customer’s water service, officials said.

This is considered the first phase of changes for Raleigh's year-round water rules. By the end of the year, officials said, other changes could be in store for landscapers and developers to promote water-efficient projects.


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  • mpheels Sep 17, 2008

    Most major hotel chains have been asking guests to conserve for ages by not changing sheets/towels every day. It's new for the city to require it, but it isn't a new practice for hotels to post a sign in the bathroom, I doubt that part of the rule will have a significant impact. I don't expect my sheets to be changed everyday in a hotel, but I do like fresh towels since there's rarely a good place to hang a towel so it can fully dry before I need it again, especially when sharing a hotel room.

    I'm a big fan of planting gardens/lawns that will thrive in our climate as it is, without the need for watering other than what nature provides. So restricted watering isn't a huge deal for me.

    I'm also not terribly bothered by restaurants not serving water except on request. Big deal, ask for a glass of water if you want it. It's better than staring at a glass filled to the brim, watching the ice melt and sweat form on the glass, knowing that it's just going to go down the drain.

  • ONEHARDHEAD Sep 17, 2008

    Why didn't anyone move heavy equipment in while the water level was at an all-time low and dredge Falls Lake? The same reason there is no moritorium on over-developing the land- MONEY! Everyone knows there will be more development, bringing with it more demand for water. If you increase demand, don't you have to also increase supply? It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure that one out!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 17, 2008

    Reducing useage, of any natural resource, is NEVER the answer. The answer is always to find another source of that natural resource, or to switch natural resources. The same goes for fuel in our cars and our factories. If you can reasonably, and financially feasibly, drill for fuel oil in other places in America, then do it! If a resource isn't available in our area, find another resource! Water is plentiful and simply needs to be "mined". Build a bleepin' lake!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 17, 2008

    Its all a big joke. No way will I ever take any of these water conservation tactics serious. There is plenty of water on earth for all that want to use it or drink it. I'm not changing my lifestyle just because the city refuses to look into ways of harnessing the AMPLE supply of water on earth. For starters, build another lake outside the limits of Raleigh. Buy the land and build a dam. Redirect a creek or two and allow Mother Nature to start working her magic. Yes, it would take a long time to develop and fill. But it won't be any faster to do if you wait until you are in dire need. I use my water today as I did 20 years ago. And I'll use my water 20 years from now the same way. As will most people. Build a lake or quit complaining about water use.

  • exposure102 Sep 17, 2008

    Oh wait, but Raleigh has "Big Ideas" (see headline on WRAL) for a man-made river walk and other stuff to attract more people to the area, so they must not be too worried about the water supply supporting all their wonderful ideas. The drought is just another city scare tactic.

  • whocares Sep 17, 2008

    This is the most rediculous thing I have heard. It is fall and winter is coming. I don't know about others with common sense but these people who water their lawn during the Fall and Winter should be fine for being STUPID. They had better be conserving as much water as they can because when the banks fail and you have no house what good will a lawn be anyway.

  • Scubagirl Sep 17, 2008

    was going to comment but can't say it any better than busyb97

  • determined2win Sep 17, 2008

    Restaurants should charge $1.00 per glass of water & the funds go to the schools...

  • CestLaVie Sep 17, 2008

    SheriffTruman: "...making us live worse than people in CA and Arizona..." AAWWWwwe - poor babies.

    Gee, I'm sorry. Maybe, just maybe, Raleigh is tackling a big problem that should have been tackled sooner, but small steps here & small steps there, MIGHT help solve the problem, eventually. I'm sorry you or your friends in high places don't want to be SO inconvenienced, or worse, EMBARRASSED!!

  • Iworkforaliving Sep 17, 2008

    There is no Drought. There is however far too many people for our water supply. I'm an idiot and I figured that out all on my own.