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Water Woes Causing Confusion in Cary

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CARY — The town of Cary is experiencing growing pains, and no where is that more evident than in its water supply. The town has launched a large scale water conservation campaign, but it may be confusing some residents about whether or not to buy the items that can reduce water consumption.

Water irrigation systems sell for $2,000 to $7,000. But it's not necessarily the price tag that's preventing some Cary residents from getting one. Often, it's the town's water conservation campaign.

According to an irrigation system dealer in Raleigh, a number of Cary residents are saying no to his products, for fear the town won't let them use them.

Cary is in the midst of a huge campaign to encourage residents to conserve it's limited water supply. But dealer Darrell Johnson says his systems actuallyhelpto conserve water.

"You set your sprinkler up, and you've got it out in a position for half an hour, and all of a sudden the phone rings and you get distracted, it might well sit there for an hour-and-a-half, which is very wasteful," said Johnson. "That same amount of water in that hour-and-a-half period would be probably the equivalent to watering the whole yard with an irrigation system."

A Cary water conservation specialist says the town regrets any misunderstanding, but that the town actually encourages people to have irrigation systems when they are used properly. Cary also has a rain-gauge requirement, which measures the amount of water used during irrigation.