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Checks Show Most Businesses Go With the Low-Flow

Posted March 18, 2008 2:34 p.m. EDT
Updated March 19, 2008 11:25 a.m. EDT

— Spot checks on dozens of businesses in Raleigh and nearby towns have found that most have heeded calls to install water-saving devices, officials said Tuesday.

The Raleigh City Council asked all residents and businesses on the municipal water system to install low-flow faucets and shower heads by March 1 to help conserve water during the ongoing drought. City inspectors began visiting hotels, fitness centers, apartment complexes and office buildings last week to check compliance with the proposal.

During the first week, inspectors found all of the hotels checked had low-flow shower heads and all but two had low-flow faucets. Similarly, all of the health clubs had low-flow faucets and all but two had low-flow shower heads.

One apartment complex inspected didn't have low-flow faucets, and three didn't have low-flow shower heads. Two office buildings didn't have low-flow faucets.

Some of the businesses inspected had purchased low-flow devices but hadn't installed them yet, inspectors said.

The city doesn't levy any fines or other penalties for not having the devices, but Mayor Charles Meeker has said that widespread noncompliance could force the City Council to mandate the devices.