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Old 03-25-2008, 08:04 AM
 
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I would keep the restrictions in place right now and continue to let the lakes and resovoirs catch up. It's supposed to rain a few times in the coming days so let the rain take care of your lawns. As for car washing, is it really that important?
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Old 03-25-2008, 07:55 PM
 
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For car washing, see the thread "keeping up with the Jones's", cars don't get sick from being dirty, but recycled water is a fantastic invention. I like the bermuda grass idea, maybe I'll check that out in more detail
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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Well, got about a week to go before the big City Council meeting to decide about easing the water restrictions.

I think we can put The Charlotte Observer down for a "no".

Today's editorial (http://www.charlotte.com/opinion/story/560072.html - broken link) says:
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The bottom line: With a forecast of less-then-normal rainfall for the rest of the year, it's risky and irresponsible to ease up on conservation.
And from Friday's editorial (http://www.charlotte.com/opinion/story/555959.html - broken link):
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Water lawns during a drought in order to fill a budget shortfall and stave off a water and sewer rate increase? Water them in order to help out landscape businesses? That's absurd. It's also playing politics with water policy.
I don't know how much influence the Observer has, but I'm hoping not much. I think if I weren't in the irrigation business, I would be hoping they didn't ease the restrictions, too. But I am. So I hope they do.
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:58 PM
 
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I would keep the restrictions in place right now and continue to let the lakes and resovoirs catch up.
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Old 03-31-2008, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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I saw if CMUD wants to raise prices, they should ease restrictions, then raise prices.
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Old 03-31-2008, 01:34 PM
 
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Why is everyone so ready to give up perserving water. Summer is not here yet and the next drought is just around the corner. Maybe it is time to start planting lawns that take less water and bushes that survive the heat.
Have you been in NC long? Droughts are not really a common thing around here, just because the summer is coming does not mean we are going to have a drought.

I think its time to lift the restrictions....if another drought comes...then put the restrictions back in place.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:11 PM
 
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Have you been in NC long? Droughts are not really a common thing around here, just because the summer is coming does not mean we are going to have a drought.

I think its time to lift the restrictions....if another drought comes...then put the restrictions back in place.

Been in Charlotte over 16 years and yes we have had more than one very dry year. I remember at least 3 or 4 times we have had restrictions. All that was well before the construction and expansion south past Hwy 51 and everything up on the northside. The lakes and resevoirs are not being expanded to allow for all the development.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:29 PM
 
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I'd like to see them ease the restrictions a bit. And by that is watering lawns once a week if need be. Tough to manage, but during a dry week a quick watering can help, then the next week we get rain. I don't think we shoudl wash our cars yet, sorry but I am not certain when this became improtant, like washing houses? Anyway, different thread. We are at decent levels in lakes and such. I think we should be more consious of our water usage overall, by planting better items, a little less watering and such. But we shouldn't have to live in preperation for a drought. If thats the case, than it's no longer restrictions and should be a city/county/state/federal law of how you can use water. I am actually all for conservation, but lets do it the right way.

Lastly, how do you predict the weather for the year as the Observer says? They can't even predict it for the week.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Have you been in NC long? Droughts are not really a common thing around here, just because the summer is coming does not mean we are going to have a drought.

I think its time to lift the restrictions....if another drought comes...then put the restrictions back in place.
We're still in an extreme drought.

North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council

Just because we have had a litle bit of rain doesn't mean its over. We still need 15 INCHES of rain to be completely out of the drought. And I have only been in Charlotte for 7 years; this is the second one. The one in 2001 was worst until this one.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:48 PM
 
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Personally, I put very little faith or credibility in a weather forecasters predictions more than 24 hours in the future. How can they predict, with any degree of accuracy, if it will be a wetter or drier summer? It's a crap shoot.
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