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Raleigh Water Use Drops

Posted July 14, 2007

— Water use by City of Raleigh customers dropped late this week after reaching near-record highs earlier.

After reaching the city's third- and fourth-highest records on Tuesday and Saturday,  water use dropped by nearly 13 million gallons on Wednesday, said water management officials.

The amount of water drawn from Raleigh's main water treatment dropped again by 1 million gallons on Thursday, officials said.

Code enforcement officers also "found very few" violations of new water restrictions, making "a stark contrast" compared to 202 citations issued the week before, said Raleigh's Public Utilities Director, Dale Crisp, in a press release.

Crisp attributed the drop to combination of factors, including the recent rain and greater awareness of the water shortage and the restrictions.

On Wednesday, city officials warned that they might toughen water restrictions if the high water use continued. The current restrictions, implemented July 2, allow residents to use lawn irrigation systems on just three days a week.


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  • ladyblue Jul 15, 2007

    Rabid Wolf: Go bite them dummies on the leg.. It took a degree for them to figure less water was used when it rained. I bet they approved a zillion permits in those few days.

  • speedy Jul 15, 2007

    BVFD: Thanks for draining the aquifer. Soon we'll all be out of water. Hey y'all, watch this! I'm gonna water the single whyd and make it a dubble whyd ...duh-huh.

  • lolly Jul 15, 2007

    I cannot wait to vote against Meeker. Out of water and they just keep printing those building permits.

  • Red Jul 15, 2007

    I love how the poll assumes people were wasteful with water before the restrictions. Not everyone feels the need to wash their car or water their lawn every day.

  • North Carolina Native Jul 15, 2007

    ain't that the truth BVFD

  • DontBelieveTheHype Jul 14, 2007

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

  • angora Jul 14, 2007

    Recent attention to climate change and summer drought has made me think about my water use. My husband told me his dad would turn off the shower after he was wet, wash his body and hair, then turn the water on only to rinse. He would also turn off the water while he brushed his teeth, turning it back on when he rinsed his mouth. It made me conscious that I let the water run the whole time I'm doing both. Just a thought ...

  • BVFD1602 Jul 14, 2007

    Man I love being on well water. You can Water the asphalt all day if you so choose to. Nobody could do anything about it

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 14, 2007

    Brilliant deduction Einsteins, water usage drops after rain fall.