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Year-Round Water Restrictions No Longer Top Priority For Raleigh

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh's drought is a distant memory.

City water customers used 130 million fewer gallons of water this month compared to June 2005 because of all the excess rain the region has seen. A majority of the savings resulted from people watering their lawns less or not at all.

"It's amazing to think that we went through a drought in the winter and early spring, and now, in a dry hot period, we are getting a record amount," said Raleigh Public Utilities Director Dale Crisp.

Year-round water restrictions for the city, however, are still likely to happen, but City Councilwoman Jessie Taliaferro said Tuesday that the policy is not currently a top priority for the Public Works Committee.

Members of the city's Water Conservation Task Force, however, said they hope enthusiasm for long-term conservation does not wane.

"It's a good time to objectively look at water conservation now that it's not a burning issue," said Mary Brice, chairwoman of the task force.

City leaders who support restrictions have said that although a policy might not pass this season, they still want one in place.


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