Governor Mike Easley wants to beef up the power his office has when droughts hit. Easley's plan has three major parts: modernize public water systems; mandate water conservation; and improving response to drought.
Easley said the current drought has shown that North Carolina has a 19th century water network in the 21st century.
To read more about the plan Easley wants state legislators to approve in May, click here.
Governor Easley also unveiled a new website with water conservation tips. The website is SaveWaterNC.org
As Easley rolled out his plan to fight back against droughts, Rocky Mount announced the city is easing its mandatory water restrictions. Water customers can once again water their lawns two days a week.
People who live east of Wesleyan Blvd. can water between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. People west of Wesleyan Blvd. can water between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays.
Commercial car washes in Rocky Mount can resume normal operations, and residents can again wash their vehicles at home.
Rocky Mount has had mandatory water restrictions in effect since September 29th. The city says drought conditions in both Nash and Edgecombe counties have improved, and the Tar River is approaching normal stream flows.