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FAYETTEVILLE — North Carolina may slowly be running out of drinking water. Demand keepsgrowing and it is starting to turn one part of the state againstanother.

The fight is not about what's happening now; it is about what will be leftfor North Carolinians to drink 20 years from now.

City leaders from Cary, Apex and Durham say that theyneed morewater from Jordan Lake -- water that would normally flow into the CapeFear River. Downstream in Fayettevile, city leaders say that theTriangle's water couldcome at their expense.

John Rose owns two boat ramps on the Cape Fear. He's concerned that theTriangle's dipping into the lake upstream will mean lower water levelsdownstream. He believes that lower water levels could have a seriousimpact on area wildlife.

Rose is concerned that people all along the river may be adverselyaffected by the Triangle's plans for Jordan Lake.

Many people along the Cape Fear are fearing the worst. They want to knowif less water in the river will impact development in Fayetteville.Mick Noland, the Director of Water Resources, is carefully examiningg thesituation. He wants to ensure that today's plans won't affect tomorrow'swater supply in Fayetteville.

No one really knows what the future holds. The final decision will comefrom the state after they examine research from all of the affectedcities.

Brian Shrader