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Durham to Halt Pumping Water From Quarry

Posted February 21, 2008 6:56 a.m. EST
Updated February 21, 2008 5:49 p.m. EST

— A few weeks after Durham officials installed an emergency tap at an abandoned quarry to supplement its dwindling water supply, officials said Thursday they would turn off the tap this weekend.

Durham has more than 180 days of quality drinking water in its two primary reservoirs, Lake Michie and Little River Reservoir, officials said. That makes pumping water from the Teer Quarry unnecessary, they said.

The city's water supply was down to about a month's worth at the end of December when crews began tapping the estimated 600 million gallons of water at the quarry in north Durham.

Still, City Council members said they want to be prepared for the worst, and they asked the Water Management Department to define what "Stage 5" water restrictions would mean for Durham residents and businesses.

Water department officials proposed amending existing Stage 4 rules to give the city the ability to address restrictions on new construction.

Council members also discussed the need for more enforcement for water customers that don't follow the Stage 4 rules.