Concerns over drought, water usage flood Durham

July 15, 2011 6:45:32 AM PDT
The City of Durham submerged with two water concerns - drought and usage.According to the City of Durham's Water Management Department, the City's two supply lakes - Lake Michie and Little River Lake - are just below full.

It comes on the heels of a new report that reveals the average daily water consumption in June is nearly 18 percent higher than usage last year.

Officials say demand is expected to continue to rise as temperatures do too.

In June, the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council declared moderate drought conditions for the piedmont, including Durham County.

It advises all water users to use water wisely to lessen the risk of falling into the extreme drought conditions that 13 other counties currently face.

To better manage the water supply in the event that drought conditions worsen, the City's Water Management Department has stepped-up enforcement of the Year-Round Water Efficiency Ordinance by increasing the number of enforcement vehicles on patrol throughout the city.

They are reminding residents to use water wisely by; watering lawns and landscaping only when needed, washing only full loads of laundry and dishes, scraping dishes instead of rinsing when loading the dishwasher, fixing leaks and installing water-efficient showerheads.

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