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Raleigh Could Face Permanent Water Restrictions

Posted December 14, 2005 5:50 a.m. EST

— Raleigh's water conservation task force will meet Wednesday to look at ways to deal with the drought situation, including the possibility of enacting permanent water restrictions.

The city's main water source is Falls Lake. At one point, it was 8-1/2 feet below normal. Adding to the problem is the fact that Raleigh is growing and other nearby towns are also using Falls Lake.

Recent rains have helped ease the drought situation in Raleigh, but it is not over yet.

While the task force may consider permanent water restrictions, City Manager Russell Allen hopes it does not come down to that.

"People should voluntarily be able to decide how they use that critical resource when they are willing to pay for it," he said.

The task force is also expected to discuss whether it should change what it charges for water and whether the city should have enacted mandatory water restrictions sooner.