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A severe drought in North Carolina has caused a drop in reservoirs that supply municipal water, reduced the amount of groundwater availability, and lowered the flow of rivers and streams. Warren discusses how cities like Raleigh and Durham are dealing with this situation.
North Carolina is in the middle of a drought and the state has not done enough to help with the problem. The state needs to do more to educate the citizens of the need to conserve water. Strategic planning for water conservation is also needed at the state and city levels. Releasing press statements and public service announcements is not enough. An in-depth look at the state’s drought and specific details for how the state can conserve water are explored.
As the state’s drought gets worse, the amount of water available is an area of serious concern. The state can only step in to help with a water shortage if there is no water available at local stores and the market cannot support the state’s population. Private water bottling companies pull water from local municipalities and then sell it back to residents at a higher cost. The impact these companies have on the state’s supply and the state's drought plans are detailed in-depth.
Jordan Lake is a foot over its capacity and during the severe drought, Triangle area municipalities are exploring how to take water from the lake. The problem is that these same municipalities contributed to the extreme pollution currently affecting the lake and do not take care of their own water resources. Instead of fighting over the lake now, municipalities should commit to water conservation efforts to protect water resources for now and the future.
The citizens of the Triangle area are flunking the water conservation test as the drought goes on. Most of the state and city leaders are failing citizens too. Soon, all residents will have no choice but deal with involuntary water cutbacks if the trends continue. This is the time for leaders and citizens step up and to work together to preserve what water is left.