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Parts Of Triangle No Longer In Severe Drought Situation

Posted December 8, 2005 8:26 a.m. EST

— The severe drought in central North Carolina has eased, though moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions are still being seen throughout most of central and western North Carolina, including the Triangle, according to the latest advisory issued Thursday by the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council.

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  • The DMAC reports a modest recovery in streamflows and reservoirs following the last several weeks of rainfall and the reservoirs, including Falls Lake, which is still just less than 7 feet below where it should be at this time of year

    Still, DMAC Chairman Woody Yonts urges customers in the drought area to continue to conserve and use water wisely to help reduce the demand of water from area reservoirs.

    "Everyone's cooperation in reducing water usage plays a critical role in extending the remaining water supply," Yonts said. "Water conservation also minimizes the public health and safety risks associated with water shortage and drought situations."

    Raleigh city officials said Tuesday that city water customers, including those in surrounding municipalities, are still under Stage 2 mandatory water conservation measures so that Falls Lake's water supply can improve.

    "The concern is possibly the lake would not be full at the start of next summer season if we use more water this winter," said Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker. "So, we are going to do everything we can to get the lake full, so come next May, we'll be set for summer."

    The City Council, Tuesday, however, did life the measures on businesses such as power washers and construction companies, which require water to operate.

    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 were cited.

    Jordan Lake, which supplies water to Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and Morrisville, is at 217 feet -- one foot above normal.

    And in Siler City, officials have lifted its voluntary water conservation requirements after the recent rainfall raised the town's Rocky River Reservoir by nine feet.