WILMINGTON -- The drought conditions affecting our area continue to deepen. To maximize conservation efforts local officials are now actively looking for people who aren't following the water restrictions. A flyer was mailed to thousands of city water users to share tips on ways to conserve water -- and to warn them about a hefty fine that could come if they don't conserve. The city of Wilmington is still under mandatory water restrictions. After today violators could face a fine of $500. Code enforcement officials will be on the lookout for any type of water waste like people using lawn sprinklers or washing cars and restaurants serving water without patrons asking for it. The city was still issuing warnings Monday. Tuesday violators will have to pay the fine. Officials don't want people to focus on the threat of a fine, but rather change the way people think about saving water. City of Wilmington spokesperson Malissa Talbert said, "It's really not about fines and restrictions and that sort of thing, it's really to raise awareness about the seriousness of the problem and what we can do to alleviate that, so we don't have a real serious problem come the spring." Since the ban began more than 200 calls have come into the water plant headquarters, notifying the city of people or businesses ignoring the ban. Even more complaints have been emailed. Officials encourage people to call only if there is a 'real' violation. If you have any questions about water restrictions or would like to report a possible violation call the Water Conservation hotline at (910) 341-0114.
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