Kannapolis, Landis enact voluntary water restrictions

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Local water supplies are beginning to feel the effects of this summer’s unusually dry and hot conditions.

The Catawba-Wateree Basin, which supplies Kannapolis’ water, is no exception. In fact, the basin was into the first stage of drought levels Monday, and the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group asked its users to begin taking voluntary conservation efforts through its drought management plan.

Since Landis purchases a majority of its water from Kannapolis, they too are included in the conservation effort.

“This year’s been dry, and it’s been hot,” said Landis Town Manager Reed Linn.

It’s been a few years since the town’s seen water levels this low, and while he said the town is “nowhere near an extreme level of a drought,” he said conservation is still extremely important.

“We don’t want to find ourselves in a situation like we did several years ago,” Linn said.

“They’re asking us to conserve,” he said. “It’s just voluntary right now.”

Linn added that there aren’t any fines or fees connected with the conservation measures.

He encouraged citizens to take simple steps to conserve, such as waiting until the dishwasher or washing machine is completely full before starting a load.

“It will help us a lot to conserve,” he said.

According to a press release from the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group, “Under normal, responsible water use guidelines adopted by Concord and Kannapolis, lawn irrigation is only allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.”

Violators will be notified and could be fined.

Those who do choose to water their lawns are encouraged to water during the early morning or late evening hours.

During the voluntary restriction phase, the following activities are permitted, but users are encouraged to limit:

  • The filling, operation or topping off of ornamental fountains.
  • Residential car washing will be allowed using a hand-held hose or pressure washer, both equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle.
  • Residential use of water for wash down of outside areas using a hand-held hose or pressure washer, both equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle.
  • Watering of trees, flowers, shrubs, ornamental plants and vegetable gardens for plant preservation.
  • Automated irrigation services may be installed and activated.
  • Filling of swimming pools by permit. Topping off of previously filled pools is still acceptable at any time.
  • All customers are allowed to use pressure washing devices.

Landis resident Carol Hollar said the restrictions don’t bother her, but added that it’s been a long time since she last remembers having water restrictions.

“I’ve always been conservative because my daddy was,” she said.

Paige Graham said as long as she can continue to water her garden, she’s not concerned with the water restrictions, either.

Rather than let her children play with the water hose in the yard, she takes them to the pool.

Landis will post the restrictions on its website and at City Hall. Anyone with questions can contact City Hall.

Salisbury doesn’t currently have any water restrictions in place, but according to City Manager Lane Bailey, the possibility has been discussed.