Rocky Mount Tightens Water Restrictions

Rocky Mount will soon go into stage two mandatory water restrictions because of the drought. This becomes effective Monday.

Annual rainfall for Rocky Mount is about 15 inches below average for the year.

The tighter restrictions will only allow watering of lawns, trees, flowers or gardens one day a week. It also bans the filling of any swimming or wading pools.
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Here is Rocky Mount's water declaration:

City Of Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Stage Ii Mandatory Water Conservation Condition

In accordance with Chapter 2, Article V of the City of Rocky Mount Code of Ordinances, a Stage II Mandatory Water Conservation Condition is hereby declared due to continuing extreme drought conditions, the continuing decline of water levels in the Tar River Reservoir and the existence of a water shortage now and the future.

Accordingly, modified Stage II mandatory water use restrictions are imposed for all Rocky Mount water customers beginning September 24, 2007.

All restrictions enumerated in Sections 2-200 and 2-203 are in force; provided,

(1) the irrigating and watering of lawns, grasses, shrubbery, trees, flowers and gardens shall be restricted to the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. by handheld hose, containers or drip irrigation systems
only as follows:

Property located East of Wesleyan Blvd. (US 301) on Saturdays. Property located West of Wesleyan Blvd. (US 301) on Sundays, effective September 24, 2007.

(2) Filling or refilling any swimming or wading pool and all other water holding structures is prohibited, effective September 24, 2007.

(3) Large water users (10,000 gallons per day or more) shall reduce water consumption by 10% (except hospitals, medical offices and clinics), beginning on October 1, 2007.

(4) Effective October 1, 2007, commercial car wash facilities which do not recycle at least 50% of their water may be open for business on Saturdays and Sundays only. All approved recycling car wash facilities may remain open for business until further notice.

Violations of mandatory water restrictions are misdemeanors. The following fines and penalties apply:

1) Residential Violations.

a. First violation – warning notice
b. Second violation - $100 fine
c. Third violation - $250 fine
d. Fourth violation – termination of service until such time as the violator establishes to the reasonable satisfaction of the City Manager that such customer has taken appropriate steps to prevent any further violations of this article.
e. Fifth violation – termination of service until the end of the water shortage warning.

2) Non-residential Violations

a. First violation – warning notice
b. Second violation - $250 fine
c. Third violation - $500 fine
d. Fourth violation – termination of service until such time as the violator establishes to the reasonable satisfaction of the City Manager that such customer has taken appropriate steps to prevent any further violations of this article.
e. Fifth violation – termination of service until the end of the water shortage warning.
3) High volume water users under 10% per day reduction – violations:
a. First violation – warning notice
b. Second violation - $1,000 fine
c. Third and subsequent violations - $5,000 fine

Stephen W. Raper
City Manager
September 20, 2007


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