Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 3:38pm.

RALEIGH (AP) -- Charlotte and Raleigh are getting tougher with their water use restrictions.

With rainfall in Raleigh more than two inches below normal for August, city officials are implementing stricter rules beginning tomorrow. The rules also apply to customers in Garner, Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon.

Irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers can be used once a week during select hours. Hand-held watering is allowed two days a week during select hours.

A first violation of the rules is a $200 fine and a second is $1,000. A third will result in your water being shut off.

In Charlotte, mandatory restrictions are being implemented a week ahead of schedule. The new restrictions would limit homeowners to watering only twice a week.

Rainfall in Charlotte is lagging some 8 inches below normal for the year. With the combination of record heat and only a trace of rainfall in August, lake levels have dropped by the day.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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