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Despite Rain, Raleigh Still Under Stage 2 Water Restrictions

Posted December 6, 2005 5:12 a.m. EST

— Despite recent rain, city officials said Tuesday that Raleigh remains under Stage 2 mandatory water conservation measures, but that businesses dependent on water, such as construction and power-washing, are exempt from the measures.

Daily water usage has declined 35.6 percent since the city was put under Stage 2 mandatory restrictions on Nov. 16, with average daily usage at 40.66 million gallons per day, a Raleigh spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The goal for Stage 2 is to reduce daily consumption by 40 percent.

As of Dec. 6, Falls Lake, Raleigh's main water source, was at about 244.75 feet -- 6.75 feet below the lake level when the supply is full at 251.5 feet. The latest projection, according the National Weather Service, means Raleigh has a sufficient water supply for the remainder of the calendar year by about 83 days.

Under Stage 2 restrictions, first-time violators can be fined $200; a second offense can result in a $1,000 fine; and a third offense will result in water service being shut off. As of Dec. 6, 69 first-offense violations have been cited.

With Stage 2 restrictions in place, city water customers are allowed to water their lawns only twice a week: Tuesdays and Saturdays for properties with odd-numbered addresses and on Wednesday and Sundays for even-numbered addresses.