Durham relaxes water restrictions

April 1, 2008 5:23:39 PM PDT
This afternoon Durham moved from Stage IV to Stage III water restriction levels.

Lawn watering will be allowed two days a week --Wednesdays and Saturdays between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. or between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

However, customers are only to water during one of the allowed times each Wednesday and Saturday and are urged to be careful to avoid excessive run-off or water waste.

    Additional Stage III Restrictions include:
  • City water may not be used to wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, patios or driveways, except where a health or safety issue may exist.
  • City water may not be served at a restaurant except upon request by the customer.
  • City water may not be used to wash the exterior of a motor vehicle except where a private well system is used, or where 50 percent or more of the water is recycled or where it can be demonstrated that 30 gallons of water or less are used to wash the vehicle.
  • City water may not be added into a decorative fountain, pool, or pond except where the water is recycled.

Earlier in the year, Durham faced the possibility of running out of water. Now, days of steady rainfall have refloated boat launches. For many Durham residents, it is a welcome site.

"I think it's great. It's about fishing time so that means all the lakes are back up. So we have a chance to go fishing now instead of way out of town," Durham resident, Ricky Sanders said.

The rejuvenated lakes has also meant the end of strict water saving measures. But with the rise of lake levels, some residents are warning against pulling out sprinklers.

"I think sometimes they do things a bit too soon and then sometimes they don't do things as quick as they should," Durham resident, Ramona Moss said.

"As long as the water level is back up I think that's good. That people will be able to water their lawns like they should. I mean before it was real scary that we was about to run out of water," Sanders added.

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