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Durham City Council to Discuss Tougher Water Rules

Posted February 18, 2008 6:28 a.m. EST
Updated February 18, 2008 9:04 a.m. EST

— Despite the rain overnight, the drought is still on today’s agenda for the Durham City Council.

Durham water customers follow Stage 4 restrictions, and leaders will discuss possibly implementing tougher rules.

City leaders say one of the last things they want to do is deter positive growth, and some say a move to Stage 5 restrictions could do that in some ways.

“We all want to know the city has enough water to sustain our everyday activities as well as future development,” Durham Mayor Bill Bell said.

In his state of the city address last month, Bell stressed the city’s right to shut out any new customers who want to tap into the water system.

“(We) have the legal authority to determine when and if persons can connect to our water and sewer systems,” he said.

There is also talk of changing how much people in Durham pay for their water. Bell has discussed possible tiered water rates – the more customers use, the most they pay for it.