Watering Responsibly

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Cary, NC continues to be a role model to other towns on how they manage the supply of water.



No watering in Cary NC on Mondays!


Believe it or not, water does not have a never-ending supply.



Cary, NC town leadership has understood this for decades and are leaps and bounds ahead of most other towns in the United States on water management and conservation.




Remember the Wake County water crisis in 2008?  Do you know who already had a plan implemented... Cary, NC.  in 2001 Cary was the first town in North Carolina to supply reclaimed water to homes.  In 1996, Cary set a goal to reduce water demand per capita 20% by 2015.




As you would expect... even though drought and water shortage in Wake County No watering in Cary NC on Mondays!isn't making headline news, Cary, NC is not slacking off and continues to lead the pack in regulation and education regarding good practices on how, when, and in what quantities the town water is consumed.






Need to water your lawn in Cary, NC?  If you're hand watering or have a drip irrigation system (a very environmentally sustainable choice!) you're good to go.  Sprinklers or other automated devices are restricted to 3 days a week and the days you can water depend on your address. Just remember though...NEVER on Monday!


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Keep up the great work Cary, NC!


For more information and your Cary, NC watering schedule visit the TownofCary.org



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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Lee and Pamela, water conservation is more important than ever. With our current heat wave on the East Coast, we should all be thinking about this. Looks like Cary, NC has a good handle on the situation.

Jun 12, 2011 03:05 AM #13
Mary Ellen Holleran
Holleran Real Estate - Chapel Hill, NC

Great post! I live in Cary and can tell you that most lawns still look very nice so this should eliminate concern for the aesthetics when limiting watering.

Jun 12, 2011 03:30 AM #14
Sajy Mathew
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
Making your real estate dreams become a reality!

This good to remember for people in the NEast!  We have been hammered with water all Spring but things are drying up now and I believe people think they can just waste water because it rained so much earlier in the year.

Jun 12, 2011 03:35 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Lee & Pamela- it's so important for our municipalities to be on top of our water supplies.  Enacting water restrictions or conservation even in the healthiest of times is healthy for all.

Jun 12, 2011 04:00 AM #16
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Water is a very important resource & Cary NC is wise to come up with such a great plan.  It must be that time of year....I just wrote a water-related post about saving water through the use of rain barrels!

Jun 12, 2011 05:43 AM #17
Susan Gaieski
Water Pointe Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
Director for Social Media & Technology

Lee & Pamela

Down here in Martin County, Stuart FL - wow we need rain desperately.  I live in a gated community with a mix of neighborhood homes and estate homes.  The neighborhood homes sprinklers are on a timed system and the estate homes and their homeowners own their own sprinkler systems, and some of the homeowners in the estate homes think they own that water!  So many times I ride around the community and see these sprinklers going off constantly!  HELLO????  They don't get it..

Jun 12, 2011 06:24 AM #18
Maggie McFarland
RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland - Pearland, TX
Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas

Great post! We're in the middle of a Stage 1 drought in the Houston area. If we had some of these things already in place, perhaps it wouldn't be as bad.

Jun 12, 2011 06:39 AM #19
John Elwell
CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. - Zephyrhills, FL

Here if Florida we have water regulations in effect. Most of us are actually hping for a tropical storm to pass through with its welcome rains. We are not praying for hurricanes! Just some low pressure systems that will get us back into our summer routine of afternoon rains every day. Our lawns are looking pretty brown, but will green up quickly. At least we mow less right now :)

Jun 12, 2011 06:59 AM #20
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Cary is a step ahead of the times and has been for quite some time!  Excellent post, Pamela!  Hope you guys have a great week...


Jun 12, 2011 07:26 AM #21
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Lee and Pamela:

California is a drought plagued state.  We always have to watch our water use.  Even when there is plenty of rain in the winter and spring, we still have to be mindful of how much water we use.

Jun 12, 2011 10:28 AM #22
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2926 Ave J Brooklyn NY 11210 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -


Interesting post- I recently saw a PBS were some municipilites were selling their water rights.  One wonders what are they really thinking. 

Jun 12, 2011 03:15 PM #23
Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert

Pamela--This is so important.  I have not researched other communities across th US, but Carmel, Indiana has a similar program in place.  Cary, NC was definitely one of the first and a leader.  You should be proud to be doing business in such a wonderful location!!

Jun 12, 2011 04:48 PM #24
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Lottie, Cary is very progressive ~ hence why it makes those 'best places to live' lists!

Howard & Susan, water is going to affect all of us at some time.  Remember when years ago we would never have thought of buying 'bottled water'?

Gwynn, I'll include Austin in my rain dance...  Last evening just around dinner time it got all cloudy and windy...  we thought FOR SURE we'd get that rain.  NOPE - it dribbled for a couple minutes and then left...

Glad to hear that Ann, I love the look and smells of earth after a nice shower!

SoCal doesn't have a water restriction Melissa?  For some reason I would have thought they would but again I guess you don't get droughts over your way...

Thanks Gita, me too.  And that goes for folks with wells too.  Even though they aren't restricted it's important for everyone to conserve.


Jun 13, 2011 01:37 AM #25
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
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I didn't know that Richie!  I'll need to read more about them, but in the meantime we're with you.  Concervation is key.

Frisco sounds like Cary's schedule Mike.  I'm seeing more and more drip irrigation systems going in around the triangle too.  AND rain barrels!

Do you ever get droughts in Lake Arrowhead Kat?

We certainly have had an early summer haven't we Michael?  Cary at least is taking actions to avert a real crisis should our water levels not get the rain they need!

They do Mary Ellen, but we'll need some good rains shortly to keep them that way.  :)

How right you are Sajy!  We all have a tendency to forget when things loosen up a tad.


Jun 13, 2011 01:44 AM #26
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Kathy you are so right!  Getting those schedules set up before a problem sure does help!

It is one of our precious commodities isn't it Christine...  I love your post on Rain Barrels..  They are such a fabulous way to save on water!

I hear you Susan, and how about the homes with broken sprinkler heads where we watch the water gush out into the street and down the drain!  UGH...

Sorry to hear that Maggie...  here's to a good downpour for all of us!

Scary to think that I'm thinking the same thing John.  We could use the rain just not the destruction...

They are Debe ~ and we had a super week-end!  Hope you did as well.

Evelyn, how very true.  It's a resource that we best always be mindful of!

Ohhhh, that could be a huge problem couldn't it

Carmel (from what I learn from YOU) sounds a lot like Cary Pat.  We both are lucky to work in such progressive towns! 


Jun 13, 2011 01:56 AM #27
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

We've had to do the same Pamela but only during periods of drought.  It would very well work as a way of life.

Jun 13, 2011 02:08 AM #28
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder, with thousands of floor plans and almost unlimited customization available! - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Pam - I've always wondered, why not on Monday?  Are there other buildings that use more water on Monday, or is it just a random decision?  Great post!

Jun 13, 2011 02:09 AM #29
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Great post. We had a similer watering schedule when we lived in the San Jose, Ca area a few years back. It worked.

Jun 13, 2011 02:48 AM #30
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

We have reclaimed water in our subdivision and can water twice a week. Areas without reclaimed can only water once a week. We have a declining water table and have had to restrict for many years.

Jun 13, 2011 03:30 AM #31
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Almost every year here in the Summer there is some kind of watering ban. There is no doubt water conservation is on everyones mind!

Jun 14, 2011 12:34 AM #32
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