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Some Businesses Not Following Water Restrictions

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Mike Easley will be addressing the statewide water crisis Thursday morning.

Easley is expected to announce additional steps to protect North Carolina's water supply. Two-thirds of the state is already under some form of mandatory water restrictions.

In Raleigh, it appears some businesses are not following the rules. Under the water restrictions, pressure washing is banned.

WRAL found a pressure washer hard at work at a Raleigh apartment complex. The company owner admitted he never looked into how the restrictions apply to him and said business has been slow.

If the drought continues and Raleigh implements even more restrictions, the city's public utilities director said it could actually force some businesses to shut down.

Over the last month, city workers have written hundreds of warnings to people breaking the rules; however, only a few fines have been issued.