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Raleigh Considers Mandatory Water Restrictions

Posted September 30, 2005 4:17 a.m. EDT

— For more than a week now, Raleigh residents have been asked to voluntarily conserve water. City officials say the plea is not working.

With the water in Falls Lake continuing to fall, City Manager Russell Allen said the water restrictions may not be voluntary anymore. He plans to recommend to the full City Council on Tuesday that the city implement Stage I mandatory restrictions.

Some of those mandatory restrictions would mean people could only water their lawns every other day and not during the day. People also would not be able to wash their cars at home, only at a commercial car wash.

If the City Council and city manager go ahead with the mandatory restrictions, they will start being enforced immediately.

Fines start at $50 a day for a violation.