The city of Charlotte is now officially in a stage 1 drought.
Our region has not seen rain in 25 days, and Charlotte leaders have just decided to place our city under a Stage 1 drought status, meaning cutbacks from the city, and voluntary water restrictions for residents and local businesses.
Charlotte Water released the following video highlighting their recommendations for residents and businesses:
Charlotte Water is now asking residents to:
- Only irrigate on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. if you must irrigate
- Limit landscape watering of no more than one inch of water per week, this includes rain
- Conserve all water use indoors and outdoors
- Refrain from outdoor water use during the day (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) to reduce evaporation losses
- Refrain from filling pools
- Only top off swimming pools on Thursday and Sundays, between 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.
- Do not wash vehicles at home, use commercial car wash locations that recycle water instead
- Refrain from residential power washing
And they’re asking businesses to:
- Educate employees and customers about water conservation practices
- Discontinue operation of fountains and other ornamental water features that do not sustain aquatic animal life
- Consider alternatives to car washes for fundraising activities
- Repair known water leaks and increase plumbing inspection frequency
- Reduce car washing frequency
During a similar drought last year, Charlotte residents followed similar restrictions and successfully dropped the city’s water usage by 7%.
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