Governor Says Residents Who Use More Water Should Be Penalized

Governor Mike Easley says local governments should charge higher prices for residents who use more water than necessary.

Easley made the recommendation during a meeting of the North Carolina Drought Advisory Council as a way of curtailing water use.

The governor says a resident's water bill is one reminder of the need to conserve resources.

Easley urged a cut of 50 percent in October and usage dropped about 30 percent but has begun to climb.

The U.S. Drought Monitor report said about two-thirds of the state is under the most intense category called exceptional drought. The rest of the state are in extreme or severe drought.