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Emergency water bans lifted in Fuquay, Holly Springs

Posted June 17, 2008 11:21 a.m. EDT
Updated June 17, 2008 3:27 p.m. EDT

— An emergency ban on all outdoor water use has been lifted in Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs, town officials said Tuesday.

The temporary irrigation restriction was put in place after a 36-inch diameter water line that serves the towns broke early Sunday morning.

Fuquay-Varina Town Manager Andy Hedrick said the ban was lifted, because there has been a temporary bypass of the main water line in Harnett County, where the line broke, that is providing the town with the water.

Residents, however, are under normal water conservation measures, Hedrick said. That means they are allowed outdoor irrigation three days a week, based on their address.

Holly Springs has also gone to conservation measures that allow irrigation twice a week, instead of three times, which was in place prior to Sunday's break, town spokesman Mark Andrews said.

He said town leaders decided to move to the more strict measure to be on the safe side, citing the repairs in Harnett County are only a temporary fix.

"The situation is better but not back to normal," Andrews said, adding officials are worried that people will go back to using water the same way as before.

Andrews said workers in Harnett County tell the town it could be weeks before the permanent repairs are complete.