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Weeks without rain caused water supplies all over North Carolina to shrink in the late summer, and over 20 cities had to go on an emergency basis to assure water for basic needs. In most instances the situation was exaggerated by a rapid increase in consumption. Thus, regulations were installed to curtail consumption and provide supplements.
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.
In May, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission proposed regulations for allocating water supply from Jordan Lake. The rules set out a process to guide water supply allocation but do not allocate the water to specific users. The proposed rule would also require that fifty-percent of the water supply remain unallocated in first-round allocations.
The National Governors’ Association proposed a freeze on implementation of current regulations and moratorium on new regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986. While other states perceive a crisis in the nation’s drinking water program, North Carolina representatives claim the state’s drinking water program is stable because it took steps in time to avert one. State drinking water administrators would prefer flexibility in establishing local priorities.