Lawn Watering Forces Restrictions In New Hanover County

Another North Carolina water system has imposed mandatory restrictions on residents because of the drought that has depleted water supplies.

New Hanover County yesterday imposed mandatory restrictions on some seven thousand customers north and west of Wilmington. Officials say voluntary restrictions failed to slow the demand caused by homeowners watering lawns and gardens.

Deputy County Engineer Jim Craig says the water system was designed to meet domestic needs, --not-- to serve as an irrigation system.

Residents now are banned from using outdoor sprinkler systems, filling swimming pools, washing cars or homes and using ornamental ponds and fountains.

Officials say the average customer uses 13-thousand gallons of water every two months, but some are using 120-thousand gallons.


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