Rains Raise Lake Level, Extends Raleigh Water Supply To November

City officials said last week's rains raised Falls Lake by 5 feet and extended Raleigh's water supply to 259 days at current rates of use and if no more rain falls.

That adds up to an extra 135 days of water, stretching the supply to Nov. 25.

As far as water consumption, The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that daily use by the city's water system has gone down 5 percent during the 25 days in which residents have been under Stage 2 restrictions. But the city warned that much of North Carolina remains under extreme drought and no significant rain is in the forecast.

Since Stage 2 restrictions have been in effect, the city has issued 14 citations carrying $1,000 fines.

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