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Cary To Hold Hearings On How to Handle Water Crisis

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CARY — This summer's drought, commercial development and rapid growth are taxingCary's water supply. A water plant expansion is in the works, but it will not be ready until 2003.

It is a tough call for Council Members to make. They want to help the construction industry, and that involves giving them more water hook-ups.

At the same time, they are asking Cary residents to restrict their water use.

Cary's tight water supply has also brought amoratorium on new building permits. Developers have thousands of acres and dollars sitting in limbo.

Council Members learned that the town has two viable alternatives until its water plant expands in four years. Each calls for buying more water from Raleigh and allowing construction of 500 single family homes annually for the next few years.

"The down side is the risk. Any time you use an outside source of water, you run the risk that the source may dry up. If that were to happen, the restrictions on water would probably be a little more severe than they are right now," said Council Member David Brooks.

Residents know it is a tough call to make.

"The growth stops. Everything starts stagnating, including the market and including my investment and my house. I guess I would also like to be able to water my lawn at the same time," said one resident.

The Cary Town Council will hold a public hearing on how it is going to handle the water crisis Thursday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Town Hall Building A.

Because the notice of this hearing got out late, they are going to hold a second hearing on Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall Building A.