Hot off the presses....we now have mandatory water restrictions in Harrisburg NC as a response to the current drought situation.
Yes, we had a thunderstorm last night (first rain in what, 6 weeks?), but it wasn't enough. And too many people aren't conscious of their water usage. So here we go:
*Watering and irrigation of lawns, ornamental plants, and gardens shall occur only between 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM on Wednesday and Saturday. Businesses whose stock in trade is live plants, including nurseries and retail garden centers are exempt from this provision.
*Planting of new ornamental plants or seeding of lawns shall be deferred until the water emergency no longer exists.
*Use of water for washdown of outside areas, including but not limited to driveways, sidewalks, parking lots and public buildings is prohibited, except in the case of a public health emergency, such as a vehicle wreck or spill.
*Residential washing of cars and other vehicles is prohibited. Commercial washing facilities, including those providing handheld washing nozzles may continue normal operation. However, the facility owner/operator shall insure that water is not wasted. (Go to Auto Bell, my favorite, they recycle their water)
*Commercial, industrial, and construction operations shall eliminate all possible waste of water.
*Newly constructed or drained pools shall be filled by permit only. Fill permits shall be issued by the Director of Water Resources, his or her designee, or the Backflow Administrator and issuance of the permits may be curtailed depending on the severity of the situation.
*Faucets should not be left running while shaving, brushing teeth, or washing dishes.
*The use of clothes washers and dishwashers should be limited if possible and these units should be operated with full loads when used. (If you're shopping for a new one, the front loaders pay for themselves pretty quickly in reduced water usage)
*The use of flow restrictions and other water saving devices is encouraged.
*Showers should be used for bathing and limited to four (4) minutes or less.
*In addition, those using well-water for irrigation are strongly urged to water only between 8 PM and 8 AM.
Please report all violations to the Harrisburg Town Hall at 704.455.5614.
And be smart, people. There's enough for everyone if we're not wasteful.