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::City Of Raleigh Running Out Of Water

By Richard Saunders, The Raleigh Chronicle
Friday, August 24, 2007

RALEIGH - It wasn't long ago that the City of Raleigh agreed to sell water to Garner, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon.  However, now thanks to rapid growth's strain on the water supply and drought conditions, the City of Raleigh is literally running out water for its own citizens.

According to City of Raleigh officials, if the drought conditions continue, the water supply will be entirely used up by January.

"The US Army Corps of Engineers reported that the water level in Falls Lake is currently down four feet from normal and the remaining water supply pool is 62%," added the City of Raleigh this week in a press announcement.

As a result, major water restrictions will begin to take in place for all Raleigh citizens and connected water customers in other Wake County cities on Tuesday August 28th.

On Tuesday, August 21st, Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen decided to implement the more restrictive "Stage 1" water conservation plans because of continuing drought conditions.

The stage one violations will restrict watering of lawns, car washes, water served in restaurants, and more.

The first violation of the Stage 1 mandatory water restrictions is a $200 fine, and a second violation would result in a $1,000 civil penalty. The city says that a third violation would result in interruption of the customer's water service from the city.

Water Restriction Details

The "stage 1" water rules restrict both indoor and outdoor water use across Raleigh in both residential and commercial settings.

The new rules limit all watering of lawns and any irrigation to only one day a week.  Odd property addresses are permitted on Tuesdays and even property addresses on Wednesdays. 

In addition, vehicle washing is allowed to only take place on Saturday and Sunday.  In addition, Saturday and Sunday is the only day allowed for pressure washing.

The filling of swimming and decorative pools is also restricted.

The city says that the water level in any swimming or wading pool may be supplemented "only to provide for proper operation and sanitary pool conditions" and no water may be added to any decorative ponds or fountains "except for what is necessary to maintain aquatic life."

Indoor water use is also restricted in some commercial settings. 

The city asks that drinking water not be served in a public restaurant except by request.  Also, hotels should ask guests spending more than one night to use their towels and bed linens more than once.

Water Chart

This chart was provided by the City of Raleigh to help water users figure out the rule allowances.

WATER USE STAGE 1 RULES
Automatic/non-automatic irrigation systems
ODD = Tuesday   EVEN=Wednesday

12:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Hose End Sprinklers
ODD = Tuesday   EVEN=Wednesday

6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Hand held hose
ODD = Tue./Sat   EVEN = Wed./Sun.

6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Vehicle Washing
Saturday and Sunday
Pressure Washing
Saturday and Sunday. ::

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::City Of Raleigh Running Out Of Water

By Richard Saunders, The Raleigh Chronicle
Friday, August 24, 2007

RALEIGH - It wasn't long ago that the City of Raleigh agreed to sell water to Garner, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon.  However, now thanks to rapid growth's strain on the water supply and drought conditions, the City of Raleigh is literally running out water for its own citizens.

According to City of Raleigh officials, if the drought conditions continue, the water supply will be entirely used up by January.

"The US Army Corps of Engineers reported that the water level in Falls Lake is currently down four feet from normal and the remaining water supply pool is 62%," added the City of Raleigh this week in a press announcement.

As a result, major water restrictions will begin to take in place for all Raleigh citizens and connected water customers in other Wake County cities on Tuesday August 28th.

On Tuesday, August 21st, Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen decided to implement the more restrictive "Stage 1" water conservation plans because of continuing drought conditions.

The stage one violations will restrict watering of lawns, car washes, water served in restaurants, and more.

The first violation of the Stage 1 mandatory water restrictions is a $200 fine, and a second violation would result in a $1,000 civil penalty. The city says that a third violation would result in interruption of the customer's water service from the city.

Water Restriction Details

The "stage 1" water rules restrict both indoor and outdoor water use across Raleigh in both residential and commercial settings.

The new rules limit all watering of lawns and any irrigation to only one day a week.  Odd property addresses are permitted on Tuesdays and even property addresses on Wednesdays. 

In addition, vehicle washing is allowed to only take place on Saturday and Sunday.  In addition, Saturday and Sunday is the only day allowed for pressure washing.

The filling of swimming and decorative pools is also restricted.

The city says that the water level in any swimming or wading pool may be supplemented "only to provide for proper operation and sanitary pool conditions" and no water may be added to any decorative ponds or fountains "except for what is necessary to maintain aquatic life."

Indoor water use is also restricted in some commercial settings. 

The city asks that drinking water not be served in a public restaurant except by request.  Also, hotels should ask guests spending more than one night to use their towels and bed linens more than once.

Water Chart

This chart was provided by the City of Raleigh to help water users figure out the rule allowances.

WATER USE STAGE 1 RULES
Automatic/non-automatic irrigation systems
ODD = Tuesday   EVEN=Wednesday

12:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Hose End Sprinklers
ODD = Tuesday   EVEN=Wednesday

6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Hand held hose
ODD = Tue./Sat   EVEN = Wed./Sun.

6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Vehicle Washing
Saturday and Sunday
Pressure Washing
Saturday and Sunday. ::

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::City Of Raleigh Running Out Of Water
Last year, parts of Raleigh near Crabtree Creek experienced too much rain and flooding ensued (above).    This year, the City of Raleigh is behind in rainfall and lake levels are way below normal.
 
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