Raleigh Issues Ban On Outdoor Watering

The City Council in the capital city has banned washing cars at home and outdoor watering with sprinklers as the city tries to conserve dwindling water supplies.

The new rule starts next week and also applies to six neighboring towns that draw from Raleigh's reservoir. The main reservoir is Falls Lake, which is currently more than 7 feet below normal levels because of drought.

Mecklenburg County and the cities of Charlotte, Durham and Greensboro have also banned outdoor watering. In all, 112 of the
state's 599 public water systems are under mandatory restrictions.

Mayor Charles Meeker says the city is trying to get its daily use below 50 million gallons a day. Earlier restrictions cut water use by 18 percent to about 54 million gallons daily.