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Marshall on mandatory water restrictions after well dries up

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MARSHALL, N.C. -- The town of Marshall has ordered mandatory water restrictions after one of the town's three wells dried up. Alderman Luther Nix told the Asheville Citizen-Times on Wednesday that the town is losing 2 inches of water a day. It measures 13.5 feet when full, and is down to 12.2 feet. An emergency town meeting is scheduled for Thursday morning, and Mayor Lawrence Ponder said if the town can't find additional water,it will be dry in five to six weeks. Nix contacted commercial water users, telling downtown restaurants that they needed to use paper or plastic materials until the restrictions end. Assistant Fire Chief James Barnett said his department has been using portable pumps to get water out of ponds on the French Broad River and avoid using hydrants. Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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