Local News

Wilson Calls For Voluntary Conservation

Posted October 18, 2007 10:01 p.m. EDT

— The City of Wilson called for voluntary water conservation by its customers on Thursday, after Gov. Mike Easley called for communities across the state to tighten restrictions.

Wilson did not have any restrictions before, because the city has a sufficient water supply, city officials said. The new voluntary restrictions went into effect immediately.

"City of Wilson water customers are asked to cut back on their water usage for now, in light of this year's extraordinary drought," Brian Bowman, Wilson's public affairs and marketing manager, said in a release. "While our water supply is more stable than surrounding communities, this drought shows no signs of ending soon."

Buckhorn Reservoir, which serves Wilson, was 30 percent below capacity in the late summer, but is large enough that it still had 5 billion gallons.

The city asked customers to:

  • Take showers instead of baths.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothing, and use disposable dishes, when possible.
  • Not use sprinklers for playing, and limit the watering of existing vegetation, and delay new landscaping and seeding until a later date.
  • Limit car washing, and not  use water to clean sidewalks and patios.
  • Install water-saving devices in bathrooms and kitchens.

City staff is also conserving by washing vehicles less often and irrigating less, Bowman said.

"We are looking for many more ways to limit our water use," Bowman said. "Please join us as we work to preserve a precious, limited resource."