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Water restriction proposal

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WILMINGTON -- City Council members were presented with relaxed water restriction proposals Tuesday night. If approved, they would allow watering for the first time in five months, but there are restrictions. The committee studying water conservation presented proposals to allow watering during our stage-two drought. The committee wants to allow homeowners to irrigate their lawns, but only on specific days and during specific times. Committee members also suggested that for all new lawns, landscapers would be granted a 30-day permit that would allow them to water newly-planted lawns. After the grace period, the lawns would not be able to get any more water. Current restrictions have hurt many landscaping businesses. Landscaper Don Curtis says this would be a big help. "People don't know that this industry, the green industry is an $8.6 billion industry in North Carolina alone, with employment of 152,000 people, one-third of that has been laid off." The group also plans to present this to New Hanover County Commissioners on March 10. Wilmington City Council will vote on the proposal March 18th. The group hopes this will go into effect as early as April 1.

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