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Alltel Pavilion Officials Fined For Violating City's Water Restrictions

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The city slapped one of its first water restriction fines on the Alltel Pavilion. Officials broke the rules Friday when they filled up two huge swimming pools before the Sheryl Crow concert.

Exhibitors filled two-30,000-gallon pools where concert goers could try out diving and paddling gear. The problem is Raleigh is under mandatory water restrictions, and the exhibitors did not have permission or a permit to fill the pools.

Raleigh police said they saw workers filling the pools from a city fire hydrant.

The Public Utilties department fined Alltel Pavilion officials $500 for violating the city water restrictions and $500 for taking water from a fire hydrant without a permit. Alltel Pavilion officials were also fined $170.69 for the 56,000-gallons of water they used. In all, Alltel Pavilion was fined $1,170.69.

The citations were actually issued to the operations manager at the Alltel Pavilion, who the city holds responsible for the violations. No one from the Alltel Pavilion returned calls from WRAL on Monday.

The CVS Pharmacy in Garner also got in trouble for watering its lawn. So far, no homeowners have been fined in Raleigh or Durham for breaking water restrictions.


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