The weekend rain wasn't enough to lift the water restrictions in parts of New Hanover County. The county's mandatory water restriction has been in place since last week, but still, people are unsure of how it affects them. If you live in the northern part of the county, conserving water is mandatory. That's the area from North Kerr Avenue north to I-140, all areas north of Martin Luther King Blvd. to Castle Hayne, from MLK to I-140 and Bayshore Drive to the New Hanover/Pender County line. If you live in these areas you are not allowed to use an irrigation system for lawns and gardens, wash you car, or fill up your pool. The fine for violating the ban is $1,500. If you live in the City of Wilmington officials are just asking you do your part to help. Public Information Officer, Malissa Talbert says, “the best thing we can do is ask people to not water their lawns even though this may not make your lawn look that good it's really more important that folks have water to drink." If you still are unsure check your water bill. Talbert said, “If it comes from the city then you're being asked to voluntarily conserve water, if you live in New Hanover County and get your bill from them then they have a mandatory restriction." The bottom line is to save water where you can until the ban is lifted.
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