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Submitted by on Tue, 07/03/2007 - 5:53pm.

Rainfall levels continue to lag behind normal. Throughout the state, drought conditions exist. Today Governor Mike Easley urged residents to conserve water. Susan Erwin and her family say that saving water was a way of life. “We think of conserving water all the time. It is built into our nature. I was raised to turn the water off when I brush my teeth,” said Erwin. For other people, conserving water does not come as easily. "You see people washing their cars instead of going to a carwash, which recycle their water. You see people watering their lawn to keep it green. That is crazy, the grass will go dormant. It will come back again,” Erwin said. One way to conserve water is to use a bucket instead of a water hose when you are watering your plants. The City of Wilmington recommends turning off the water while you wash your hands and brush your teeth. Flushing your toilet uses a lot of water, so conserve your flushes. Taking shorter showers is also a big help. Erwin suggests even storing water to ensure you will not run out. "I store water in pop bottles. Just add a couple drops of Clorox. It is handy to have. When I change that water, I never just pour it down the drain. I wait for a time when there is a drought and water the flowers,” said Erwin. Other helpful suggestions are to install an automatic rain sensor on your irrigation system. Check your sprinkler, hose and water faucet for leaks. The bottom line, save water any way you can.

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