Due to cooler than normal temperatures and slowly improving drought conditions in the North Carolina Piedmont Region, water use restrictions in Lincoln County that allow all outside water use two days per week are to be continued until further notice.
This means that watering of lawns, washing of cars, pressure washing, filling of swimming pools and other outside uses will be allowed on the following schedule:
All outside water use is permitted two days per week, based upon a customer’s street address. Customers with odd-numbered addresses may use water outdoors on Saturdays and Tuesdays and customers with even-numbered addresses may use water outdoors on Sundays and Thursdays. The odd-even system will reduce the daily demand on our water system.
Please remember that Stage 3 Mandatory Water Restrictions remain in effect – our stated goal for conservation of water is still set at a 10%-20% reduction from normal use. It is believed that by allowing outdoor use of water for only two days a week, the demands on our water system will remain low enough to still achieve that goal. Groundwater levels and flows in streams are slow to recover from a drought of the magnitude that we have experienced since the summer of 2007. Lincoln County officials will continue to monitor all drought and water supply conditions and will re-evaluate the situation as necessary. Future press releases will be issued to address any further changes that may be necessary in the water restrictions.
We would like to thank the Lincoln County water customers for their conservation efforts, which have resulted in manageable levels of water use during the past two months. We encourage everyone to continue these conservation practices. Please call Lincoln County Public Works at 704-736-8497 if you have any questions about the restrictions or other drought-related issues.