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Water Restrictions Are in Effect in Harnett County

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LILLINGTON — People who live in Harnett County will haveto goelsewhere for their water sports this weekend. The county is facing awater shortage and an improved system won't be ready for a while.

Currently, residents are being asked to start using less water at home.That means don't fill pools or water lawns. While some are concerned aboutrestrictions coming on a holiday weekend, county officials have beenconcerned about water problems for some time.

A new 12 million gallon treatment facility is currently underconstruction. It was originally scheduled to be up and running by now butit is behind schedule. The county is growing very fast and so much waterwas used last weekend that officials had to dip into reservesupplies. That's a dangerous position for the county to be in this earlyin the season.

Rodney Tart, director of public utilities for HarnettCounty, says restrictions will be in effect for at least two weeks.

The new 60 million gallon reservoir is not expected to be open untilJuly.

With water restrictions in place, meter readers will be going around todifferent neighborhoods throughout the night to ensure that residentsare in compliance. Those who disregard restrictions will be fined.

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