NEW HANOVER COUNTY--George Whitmore has lived in New Hanover County for over thirty years and loves working in his yard. But even with careful attention, Whitmore's yard is suffering from the hot weather. "I've noticed my yard is very dry and turning brown and it should be green." Whitmore hasn't watered his yard lately due to the county's mandatory water restrictions. The ban affects the northern part of New Hanover County from Martin Luther King Junior Parkway through Wrightsboro to Castle Hayne. The restriction also stretches around the east side of Market Street towards the Pender County line. George Whitmore is relying on rain to water his garden these days, because conserving water is more important. He says, "Cooking, bathing, and drinking is more essential than watering grass, so the water restriction if it affects that, then they need to enforce it". In the meantime, Whitmore’s yard, like many others, will continue to wither.
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