WILMINGTON -- Local rain fall totals are at a deficit and many local companies say their business is too. The city of Wilmington still has mandatory water restrictions in place. Monday we told you pressure washers are unable to operate under current city rules. But the effect reaches beyond just those companies. It trickles down to companies that sell and service the equipment, because that takes water too. Industrial Cleaning Equipment Co. owner Larry Gay said, "We've got about 100 machines right here right now that need to be repaired to get back to the owners that we're unable to repair. Within the next two weeks it may be another 100." They can't fix them without using water. Under mandatory water restrictions certain water related businesses are allowed to operate. The city says the ordinance is currently under review to include pressure washers. City Council plans to hear changes to the ordinance on November 20. Even though we're in a drought, it doesn't take much to cause Wilmington's storm drains to clog, and flood. So the city's Stormwater Services is offering some tips:
- Bag any yard waste or put it into containers for pick up,
- make a compost pile out of yard waste and use the resulting material for landscaping,
- leave grass clippings on your lawn as fertilizer,
- remember to never dispose of yard waste in streets, storm drains, ditches or waterways.