Drought Update

The North Carolina communities facing the worst water shortages are in the western half of the states, many deep in mountains.

Governor Mike Easley said Friday that state officials are
working with the 11 most vulnerable communities to identify
alternative water resources. All the communities are west of the

Those towns and cities are Bessemer City, Boone, Blowing Rock,
Hendersonville, Lenoir, Marshall, Monroe, Robbinsville, Tryon,
Valdese and Yadkinville.

State officials said some of the areas need to interconnect
their water systems with other communities nearby. Others need to
dig deeper intake valves or add more wells.

Officials are now assisting 19 other water systems struggling
with water shortages.