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Many regions in North Carolina have experienced tremendous increases in population growth and industrial development in the past decade, the Piedmont and Mountain regions being no exception. One of the many implications of this dramatic growth is the depletion of water supplies. Most public water supplies in these regions are from surface water sources (streams, lakes and reservoirs); to keep pace with demand, new surface water sources will have to be developed.
Raleigh is working hard to develop a plan during this current water crisis. The city council ignored recommendations for a tiered-rate system advised by a task force after droughts in 2002 and 2005. Now, city council members are promising to look at serious conservation policies including a tiered-rate system. The problems with that system and possible solutions to the problem in Raleigh are detailed.
Orange County is considering worst case scenarios as the current drought has reservoirs at 40 percent capacity. All of the scenarios are expensive, but running out of water would be more costly. The three scenarios are detailed, along with current water restriction measures. The landscaping industry has been pushing back against recent measures aimed to limit the use of water for landscaping.