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Nash board updates water shortage plan

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

NASHVILLE — When water dries up, authorities get serious about usage.

It's a misdemeanor under state law to violate a mandatory water restriction. Residential violations will result in elevating penalties from a warning, a $100 fine, $250 fine and then termination of service. Nonresidential violations result in a warning, $250 fine, $500 fine and then termination of service.

The violations and punishments are spelled out in the updated water shortage plan approved by the Nash County Board of Commissioners during its monthly workshop meeting Monday.

Implementing the water shortage plan, required by the state Division of Water Resources, is the responsibility of County Manager Zee Lamb. He's responsible for declaring a state of water shortage, which will trigger conservation measures.

When water shortage protocols are needed, customers of Nash County Water Systems will be notified via email; newspaper, radio and television announcements; and postings to the main page of the county's website. If an emergency notice is required, the county's Code Red Alert will notify customers by autodail telephone calls.

The county will rely on its primary water supplier, the city of Rocky Mount, in making decisions about the severity of drinking water shortages.

Water shortage measures have three stages:

Advisory, which is tripped when the Tar River Model projects water shortages severe enough to warrant a declaration.

■ Stage 1 Mandatory, triggered when the possibility is greater than 20 percent that the reservoir will drop to 115 feet about sea level in the next eight weeks.

■ Stage 2 Mandatory, triggered when the possibility is greater than 20 percent that the reservoir will drop to 115 feet about sea level in the next four weeks.

■ Stages 3 and 4, in which all restrictions of Stage 2 remain in place plus higher water rates to encourage conservation.

All mandatory stages can be triggered by contamination, equipment failure or line breaks if deemed necessary by the city.

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