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Drought persists; half of N.C. still under 'exceptional' conditions

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RALEIGH (AP) -- About half of North Carolina remains under exceptional drought conditions. A report issued Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor says the entire state is under exceptional, extreme or severe drought. More than 49 percent of the state is under exceptional conditions – the most severe category. Those conditions extend across the middle of the state, from Rocky Mount to Asheville to Charlotte. Officials said conditions across the state worsened slightly during the week ending Tuesday. State officials are urging North Carolina residents to conserve water because of waning supplies and the prospect that conditions could get worse. The National Weather Service expects the next three months to be dryer than normal. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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NC drought

Officials are asking NC residents to conserve water but with certain businesses being allowed to continue to use water without being required to conserve because it hurts the profit margin and other businesses wanting officials to relax the water restrictions because it hurts their profit margin then it just doesn't make sense. When officials can overturn water restrictions for certain businesses then there's no motivation for residents to conserve. Officials need to apply to everyone even businesses, developers, etc. otherwise what's the use.