Governor Says All Residents Must Conserve Water

Governor Mike Easley tells local leaders the drought is worsening and says all of the state's residents must conserve water.

In addressing the State Municipal League, Easley says he needs all 8.5-million North Carolinians to do their part in saving water.

Easley urges people not to water lawns, nor wash their cars. The governor says a dirty car is now a sign of civic responsibility.

The governor also issued a ban on all public burning, saying water should not be wasted fighting fires started by careless burning.

The governor says experts do not expect much rain between now and the first of the year. Easley says without taking additional steps now, there could be water rationing next spring.

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  • by sam Location: williamston on Oct 16, 2007 at 03:41 PM
    Private wells and municipal systems in Eastern NC draw water from the underground aquifers that we are blessed with .It is not an endless supply of good clean drinking water .These aquifers are recharged from rainfall that we haven't had .Does anybody know how much the water level underground has dropped ? It might just be another one of those things that nobody cares about because you can't see it .
  • by Joe Location: Newport on Oct 16, 2007 at 03:13 PM
    Just a question? Does the water conservation include well water because I have never heard this addressed. Thanks
    Editor's note: Private wells are not included in mandatory water restrictions because they are not on municipal water systems. However, the governor is asking everyone to conserve water.
  • by sam Location: williamston on Oct 16, 2007 at 05:35 AM
    The drought situation has gotten a lot of attention from the media lately as it should . Water is a precious resource that should never be wasted or taken for granted that it will always be availiable . My concern is why does the state allow NC Wildlife Resources to pump groundwater to the surface to fill duck impoundments ? Seems to me that ducks can fly anywhere they want to find water but we have to stay where we are and trust that the groundwater beneath us will not be depleted by someone else . Do taxpayers need to supply water for ducks and duck hunters ?
  • by Kim Location: Chocowinity on Oct 15, 2007 at 01:28 PM
    Please let everyone know that with drought the poisonous snakes go very aggressive looking for water. Any water, outside spigots, bowls for animals. My dog was bitten by a water moccosin about a week ago. He's doing well but please warn people, the bite turns purpleish black within just a little while. Antivenin is expensive (400.00) per dose, but must be givin in the first 4 hours. Wilson emer. vet had 9 bites saturday before last. None needed antivenin, but every dog is a different case, weight of dog, age of dog all considerations. There is no way to know how much venom is injeted into the animal. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO GET CLOSER TO SNAKE TO SEE WHAT IT IS. it will strike at you blind this time of year.

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