WRAL is reporting this evening that Durham's Water Management staff met with Patrick Baker today and recommended moving the Bull City to Stage IV water restrictions effective next Monday, Dec. 3.
Stage IV "Severe Mandatory Conservation" restrictions, detailed below, clamp down further by banning watering of any outdoor landscaping, including lawns, trees and golf greens (and, presumably, Astroturf) except for limited such actions by commercial landscapers and contractors. Limited garden and shrub watering would be allowed subject to restriction. Motor vehicle or mobile equipment washing would also be banned except commercial car washes that can document 50% water savings, presumably via on-site recycling. In general, businesses seeking to use water need to list how they intend to conserve water use by 50%.
Stage IV is the antepenultimate step in Durham's water rules, followed by Stage V ("Stringent Mandatory Conservation") and Stage VI (the darkly titled "Rationing" -- which restricts '[a]ll other uses of water ... to those necessary to meet minimum health and safety needs of the customers.')
[BCR is unable to confirm the rumor that the City will shortly consider modifying the ordinance to include several additional water restriction stages including Stage VIII ("Have You Tried Drinking Your Swimming Pool Water"), Stage XI ("Public Baths Established in American Tobacco's Old Bull River Water Feature"), or Stage XVII ("Move the @!*# Back to New Jersey").]
In all seriousness, WRAL reports that Baker is likely to announce the city will be moving forward with Stage IV restrictions on Tuesday morning save for a significant increase in water levels overnight Monday due to rain.
Current days remaining of "premium water" (explained here) are 59. Read the full Stage IV restrictions after the jump.
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Stage IV - Severe Mandatory Conservation. Customers shall be encouraged to observe the conservation measures in Stages I and II and required to continue observing the mandatory requirements in Stage III except to the extent such mandatory requirements are modified by the restrictions regarding Stage IV conservation. The level of the conservation effort shall increase to require the following additional mandatory measures. No person shall:
- Water or sprinkle any lawn, grass, trees, golf greens or flowers. Provided, however, that a person regularly engaged in the sale of plants shall be permitted to use water for irrigation of their commercial stock in trade, using the minimal amount for survival. State, County and City licensed landscape contractors may continue to water plantings which are under written warranty by hand-held hose, container or drip irrigation.
- Water any vegetable garden or ornamental shrubs except by hand-held hose, container, or drip irrigation system, during hours specified by the City manager. Those hours shall, unless varied by the Manager, be between the hours of 5:00 am and 9:00 am OR 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On each designated day, customers shall water during only one of the allowed periods. When adjustments are made by the Manager to the above times, they shall be published in local newspapers of general circulation, and set forth on the City’s website, where appropriate.
- Fill any wading pool or swimming pool or replenish any filled pool except to the minimum essential for operation of chemical feed equipment.
- Make nonessential use of water for commercial or public use.
- Operate water-cooled air conditioners or other equipment that do not recycle cooling water, except when health and safety are adversely affected.
- Wash any motor vehicle or other type of mobile equipment. Provided, however, that any person regularly engaged in the business of washing motor vehicles and any commercial car wash facility shall be permitted to use water for such purposes, when 50% water savings are documented.
Provided, however, any customer may secure a written license from the city manager or his designee to use water contrary to the Stage IV mandatory conservation measures where it can be shown to the manager’s satisfaction, and in the manager’s sole discretion, that use of water pursuant to conditions prescribed by the city manager in the license will result in a 50% or greater saving of water. Any license issued pursuant to this provision: (1) must be in the possession of the licensee whenever water is used contrary to the Stage IV mandatory conservation measures; and (2) is subject to amendment or revocation by the city manager at any time for good cause.
All industrial, manufacturing and commercial enterprises shall reduce consumption with a goal reduction of at least 50%. Such enterprises shall document the specific efforts they have made to reduce consumption. (Ord. No. 7028, 1, 7-28-86, revised 2-4-02)