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Old 09-19-2007, 08:13 AM
 
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Just a heads-up for my fellow Durhamites.

Durham, NC - City of Medicine (http://www.durhamnc.gov/news/NewsDisplay.cfm?vNewsID=1417 - broken link)

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With mandatory restrictions in place, City officials expect to decrease the daily water demand by 20 to 30 percent. Stage III Moderate Mandatory Conservation restricts the following activities:

· No watering of lawns, grass, trees, shrubbery, flowers, golf greens or vegetable gardens except between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. OR 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

· Do not add water to wading pools or swimming pools except to the extent necessary to replenish losses due to evaporation or spillage, and maintain operation of chemical feed equipment.

· Do not use water to wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, patios, driveways, or for other similar purposes.

· Do not add water to any decorative fountain, pool or pond except where the water is recycled.

· Do not serve water in a restaurant or similar establishment except upon request.

· Do not use water for any unnecessary purpose or intentionally waste water.

· Do not wash the exterior of a motor vehicle unless a private well water system is used, or unless 50 percent or more of the water is recycled, or it can be demonstrated that 30 gallons of water or less are used to wash the vehicle.
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:21 AM
 
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And yet they lifted the outdoor burning ban...sigh...
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:30 AM
 
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And yet they lifted the outdoor burning ban...sigh...
I also thought it was strange that the state lifted the burn ban. I know it's a bit cooler out and it rained for a while on Friday, but come on!
abc11tv.com: State Lifts Ban on Open Burning after Rain (broken link)

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Officials with North Carolina's Division of Forest Resources say the ban will end at noon because rain and lower temperatures have reduced the danger that fires could get out of control.
They say the rain didn't do much toward alleviating drought across the state, and the burn ban may be reinstated if dry weather continues and wildfires pick back up.
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:34 AM
 
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Don't you need water to put out fires? So they restrict the use of water but open up water using activities....albeit a small one but enough people wasting water to put out fires is crazy....or am I?
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:41 AM
 
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Just to be clear, there are two seperate groups at work here. The individual communities all over the state are responsible for their own water resources and, therefore, the water restrictions within their communities. North Carolina's Division of Forest Resources, a seperate state-run entity, is the group that just lifted the burn ban. But yes, it is certainly a major conflict. I imagine it won't be long before the burn ban returns.
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Old 09-19-2007, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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Don't you need water to put out fires? So they restrict the use of water but open up water using activities....albeit a small one but enough people wasting water to put out fires is crazy....or am I?
Not forest fires. It's a little difficult dragging mile-long hoses through the woods.

I believe they do use water to put out hotspots, but they use fire lines primarily.

And the burning ban was lifted because the chance of fires starting is low...it's a simple as that. I assume they know what they're doing....they are experts at it after all.
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