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Some business owners worried about water restrictions

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WILMINGTON -- The average Wilmington resident uses 138 gallons of water a day. Because of the drought mandatory water restrictions are in place, but some business owners are worried about the effect. The fountains are dry, some hoses are off and the leaves show it. Mandatory water restrictions in Wilmington have garden center owners like Tom Ericson worried they'll lose business. Transplanted Garden Center owner Tom Ericson said, "It's certainly going to have an impact on it and we'll be running a sale trying to promote sales." Even though Ericson can water at his business he's concerned customers won't come by if they need to cut back on watering at home. "If they're only watering, spot watering, as opposed to broadcasting water everywhere where it may not be needed, that's the best thing they can do," Ericson said. Personal use of sprinklers is prohibited in Wilmington. In addition, you may not wash vehicles, outdoor surfaces such as driveways and patios or building exteriors. You're also not allowed to use water for things like fountains, pools and ponds unless that water is recycled.
Mandatory water restrictions
  • no sprinklers
  • no vehicle washing
  • no outdoor surface washing
  • no building exterior washing
  • no ornamental use unless is recycled water
Renee Jones is a landscaper of 22 years. She says people will still do what they can to keep their yards looking nice. "They may not water their whole yard, their lawn and their shrubs, but they're going to water their pansies and their other flowers," Jones said. Ericson said, "It's kind of a hit or miss situation where, you know, should we use the water while we can and it stops when it stops and it doesn't really matter how much we take from the other side of the dam, or if everybody starts to conserve, that's going to be a good thing." Another restriction you may notice in Wilmington: restaurants may not serve water to customers unless it's specifically requested.

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