Hoke Implements Water Restrictions
Posted September 5, 2007 7:18 p.m. EDT
Updated September 5, 2007 10:24 p.m. EDT
Raeford, N.C. — Hoke County has joined the growing list of communities implementing water restrictions in the face of a continuing drought.
The county's mandatory water limits restrict residents with odd-number addresses to outdoor watering with sprinklers on odd-number days and residents with even-number addresses to even-number days. No restrictions apply to watering with hand-held jugs and hoses.
The new rules also ban power-washing of streets, driveways, sidewalks and building exteriors and using ornamental fountains, pools or ponds that don't recycle water.
Utilities Director Mike Dean said the drought has put the county's water supply in "severe status." The county relies on groundwater for its drinking water.
Violators will get one warning, but second offenses will result in disconnection of water service, Dean said.