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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gov. Mike Easley has urged residents to
cut their water consumption by 20 percent as drought continued to
afflict every part of the state.
Statewide, 59 of North Carolina's 597 public water systems were
calling for voluntary water restrictions and 21 imposed mandatory
restrictions because of the persistent dry conditions.
"Stream flows and groundwater levels are approaching their lowest
levels in recorded history and many of our reservoirs are declining
by one foot every 10 days," Easley said, adding that state agencies
also were told to cut nonessential water use.
"We all must conserve if we are to, in any way, minimize the
impact of the drought."
Drought has spread to all 100 counties in North Carolina. The
state's 12 westernmost counties are the driest, classified as
exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Another 28 counties, east of Asheville and along the South
Carolina border to Robeson County, were in extreme drought, while 44
counties in the northwest and central part of the state were slightly
better off in severe drought.
Moderate drought classified 16 counties along the coast and
Parts of the state have received only 25 percent of their usual
rainfall and forecasters don't expect significant rain soon,
according to the governor's office.
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