County may require developers to provide water supply for firefighters

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 12, 2007

By Jessie Burchette

Salisbury Post

As developers rush to gobble up rural land across the county, fire

departments and county planners are working on ways to assure they’ll have

water to fight a fire at any of these new subdivisions.

Later this month, the Rowan County Planning Board will consider an ordinance

requiring developers in rural areas to provide a replenishable water supply

for fire protection.

Under the proposal, the county will require that new residential

subdivisions be within one road mile of a water source.

If there is no water source within a mile, the developer will be required

to provide a source, whether a pond, tank or other option.

In some cases, fire departments could share in the costs.

The proposed ordinance is believed to be the first of its kind in the state.

See complete details in Saturday’s Salisbury Post.