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WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Another North Carolina water system has
imposed mandatory restrictions on residents because of the drought
that has depleted water supplies.
New Hanover County has imposed mandatory restrictions on some
7,000 customers in areas north and west of Wilmington. Officials said
voluntary restrictions failed to slow the demand caused by homeowners
watering lawns and gardens.
"The system is built to meet domestic needs, not to serve as an
irrigation system," said Deputy County Engineer Jim Craig.
Residents now are banned from using outdoor sprinkler systems,
filling swimming pools, washing cars or homes and using ornamental
ponds and fountains.
The average customer uses 13,000 gallons of water every two
months, but some are using 120,000 gallons. Officials want to cut
water use by 20 percent by the end of July.
The National Weather Service said Wilmington's rainfall total was
4.5 inches for the past three months, and the area is 54 percent
below normal precipitation for the year.
Water customers in the city of Wilmington aren't affected by the
restrictions. The city draws water from the Cape Fear River, which
hasn't been affected yet by drought.
Elsewhere in the state, officials in Fayetteville are working to
conserve water by asking residents to water lawns every other day.
Earlier, Union County imposed mandatory restrictions that limit
lawn watering to two days a week, between dusk and dawn. Officials
there said the water supply problem was caused by residential
State figures show that more than 75 percent of North Carolina is
in a drought, and seven western counties are extremely dry.
State climatologist Ryan Boyles said North Carolina is facing its
worst conditions since 2002.
Gov. Mike Easley expanded his water conservation directive to
state agencies to include 17 counties, five more than the 12 he named
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