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Duke, North Carolina watering fake fields in middle of drought

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Many communities are under watering restrictions because of the drought. But Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are watering artificial turfs for their field hockey teams. The International Hockey Federation requires college teams to saturate synthetic turfs before practice and games. Coaches say players have a better grip on a wet surface and report fewer injuries. Duke has a business exemption from Durham to spray the field. The school didn't know how much water is used. The Orange Water and Sewer authority imposed more severe watering restrictions last night and it's unclear if North Carolina will be able to saturate the field before Saturday's game. The International Hockey Federation in Switzerland could not be reached for comment. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Duke watering field hockey turf

It shouldn't be any different for Duke then the average citizens. They need to stop watering their fields or find another sport that doesn't need to sprinkle their fields. We are in drought conditions and it's time to realize that we have to conserve in every way, that includes EVERYONE!

You would think

Due to all the water restrictions and such that the gated communities of the area would fall under that ban. In fact a flyer passed out in one very gated community only asked that we consider the voluntary restrictions. I thought there was a more pressing need to conserve from the governor than a voluntary anything. And that the city council plans to impose mandatory $500 fines and the like. Mayor Saffo continues his watering schedule without a pause every morning. I guess hiding behind a gated community allows him to go unobserved. I however have chosen to wash my dog, several times a day, in a different spot of the yard, with a water hose. Works perfectly! Mr. Saffo continues to rub his nose at all of you that voted for him and are having to abide by the impose watering ban while his yard is as green as ever. Just ride by and see, oops! Fogot! You just CAN'T!