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2The Tar HeelThursday, July 1 7, 1 986
Mandatory water onservati6n:;measiip'es in effffec
By MATT LONG
The mandatory water conserva
tion measures imposed by the Orange
Water and Sewer Authority last week
have remained in effect, despite two
brief but heavy rainstorms over the
racks & etc.
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weekend, according to Patrick Davis,
assistant to the executive director of
The second stage of the water
conservation ordinances went into
effect after the water level in Uni
versity Lake, OWAS A's main water
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supply, fell to 44 inches below full.
The recent showers made no differ
ence in the level of the lake, and it
is continuing to drop.
"They made no difference at all,"
Davis said. "We got one-six hundreth
of an inch of rain on Sunday but
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the ground absorbed most of that.
There was no substantial runoff into
the lake. It didnt rise at all."
The mandatory conservation mea
sures prohibit washing cars or veh
icles and rinsing down sidewalks,
patios and parking lots. Also, newly
constructed swimming pools, orna
mental fountains and anything sim
ilar cannot be filled.
Lawns can only be watered at
specific times set up by OWASA.
Residents living on the south side of
N.C. 54 West, Main Street in Car
rboro, Franklin Street and U.S. 15
501 between Chapel Hill and Dur
ham can water their lawns on Sat
urday between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Those living to the north of that line
can water their lawns between 6 a.m.
and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
All lawn watering must be by a
hand-held hose or container.
Sprinkler systems are prohibited.
Any car washes operating off well
water are all right, Davis said.
Homeowners, however, that claim to
use well water may have their water
tested by OWASA if they are
Penalties for violators include a
$50 fine or imprisonment up to 30
days and temporary disconnection of
Those measures will be in effect
until relief from the drought is found
and, if necessary, more severe mea
sures can and will be imposed, said
"If we dont receive any apprec
iable rainfall during the next week
or two, then it is very probable that
we will need to go to stage three
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water-use restrictions," Davis said
"It's possible that we may need to
consider additional conditions to
those, assuming we can't obtain
water from an adjacent source."
That adjacent source may be Lake
Orange in Hillsborough. A request
for 2 million gallons of treated water
from Hillsborough is being consi
dered, but no decision has been made
Meanwhile, the amount of rainfall
for Chapel Hill and Carrboro con
tinues to fall behind normal. The
normal amount through June 30 is
23.67 inches. In 1986, the level is
1 1 .45. The average amount of rainfall
for July is 5 inches. The two cities
are "nowhere near half that figure,"
according to Davis.
The drought has become so bad
that the National Weather Service is
predicting a l-in-50 chance that the
situation will return to normal in the
next three months. Experts there say
that recovery could take up to a year,
especially in the smaller towns such
as t,napei mil and Carrboro that
have small reservoirs.
by CASH to
The Coalition for Alternatives to
Shearon Harris will hold its Second
Regional Assembly on Saturday,
July 19 at the Scott Pavilion at the
State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. An
afternoon session open to CASH
supporters only will feature a number
of workshops and map out the
strategy for the upcoming months.
An evening session will feature a
panel of experts on various aspects
of the nuclear energy issue and will
begin at 7 p.m. The evening session
will also be broadcast live by WPTF
radio, 680 AM.
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