Water Conservation Requirements

Summary of water use restrictions which apply in normal ("year-round") conditions and in droughts

WATER CONSERVATION: part of our community's SUSTAINABLE quality of life!

Since 2003, basic conservation requirements have been in effect for use of OWASA drinking water under normal conditions. More stringent restrictions go into effect in water shortages. We proposed the initial conservation requirements based on experience in the severe drought of 2001-02 and comments from customers. Local governments and the OWASA Board formally adopted the requirements. We revised the requirements in 2009 after the drought of 2007-08 and a public meeting/discussion process.


Taste of Hope Staff Taste of Hope Staff

The Cane Creek Reservoir in
October, 2002, when our lakes
fell to only 32% full. Cane Creek
is our community's primary
water source.

The Cane Creek Reservoir when full.



In normal conditions, spray irrigation is limited to one inch per week, is allowed up to three days per week (at odd-numbered addresses: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; at even-numbered addresses: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday); and is permitted after 6 PM and before 10 AM. In normal conditions, these restrictions do not apply to hand watering, drip irrigation and other non-spray irrigation.

Please see our one-page summary of the Water Conservation Requirements that apply in normal conditions and in water shortages.

To read the specific wording of OWASA's conservation standards and parallel local ordinances, including exemptions and definitions, please click on the links below. The OWASA standards and local ordinances are essentially the same. They differ somewhat regarding penalties for violations.

For information on water levels in our reservoirs, drinking water demand, rainfall, etc., please see our Water Watch page.

To visit the NC Drought Monitor website, please click here.

Separate meters required for new irrigation systems. Under State law, Irrigation Systems installed on lots platted after July 1, 2009 are required to have a separate meter.

Conservation is not just a good idea -- it's a practical solution.