Union County Water Restrictions
Union county is the fastest growing county in North Carolina, and Union county now has mandatory water restrictions in place.
Excerpts from WCNC.COM:
Some County leaders are saying the water problem is one more sympton of unplanned growth. Commisioners voted to issue the restrictions on Tuesday. Residents will only be allowed to water their lawns twice a week, and only between dusk and dawn. The fine for each violation is $500.
County Commissioner Lanny Openshaw says the water restrictions are a Band-Aid to a much bigger problem: Irresponsible growth.
"I dont like the idea of saying that since Union county didnt plan better, and because we were reckless and encouraged growth, we're sending the Sherrif out to fine you for watering your lawn," Openshaw said.
Union county gets 18 million gallons of water a day from the Catawba River Water Treatment Plant. Usage has gone up over 18 million gallons for 7 out of the past 10 days.
Enforcement of the restrictions will go into effect Friday, and if the county sees no improvement in 2 weeks, even tighter restrictions will be enforced.
Just so everyone knows, we are in a drought here, as are many areas of the South right now.