Water

Science & Technology
7:42 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Cary Introduces Virtual Water Meter

Customers of Cary's public water utility can now monitor how many gallons they use on an hourly basis.  The town invested $172,553 in a system that updates water usage online.  Cary Financial Director Karen Mills says the new system is meant to make customers more aware of how much water they're using or wasting.

"They can see what's going on with their usage, understanding, for example, their irrigation usage if they have an automated system; when it's running, how long it's running," Mills says.

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Environment
4:22 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

North Carolina Drought Conditions Continue To Improve

There's less yellow and tan on this map due to recent rainy weather.
Credit NC Drought Management Advisory Council

The drought conditions in North Carolina have improved significantly since the beginning of the year.

In the latest report from the US Drought Monitor just eight North Carolina counties are listed as being in moderate drought. At the end of December there were 65 - out of 100 counties in the state - that were classified as in moderate drought. The report released Thursday also lists 19 counties as abnormally dry.

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State of Things
1:43 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

An In-Depth Look At Drinking Water

Drinking Water: A History
Credit duke.edu

When your body’s feeling crummy, someone will likely tell you to remedy it by drinking more water. Whether it’s for clearer skin or lower anxiety, people have a lot of faith in the healing power of this liquid. But water isn’t a plentiful cure-all everywhere. For many people living in places bordered by water masses, it’s hard to gain access to this necessity.

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Raleigh Considers Alternative Reservoirs

Officials with the City of Raleigh may ask for some changes to be made to how much water they can use from Falls Lake Reservoir. The request may delay plans for a new reservoir in eastern Wake County.

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Environment
9:30 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Contamination Found In Wake Forest Wells

About 20 private wells in a Wake Forest neighborhood have been found to be contaminated with a toxic degreasing agent. Kenneth Rhame is a federal on-scene coordinator with the Environmental Protection Agency. He says one home off Stony Hill Road had concentrations of TCE more than 65 times the safe drinking limit.

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Science & Technology
8:45 am
Thu August 23, 2012

UNC Team Helps Water Researchers

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers are working to make it easier for hydrologists to share data on problems facing the world's water supply. The project is being funded by the National Science Foundation. Ray Idaszak works for the Renaissance Computing Institute at the university. He says his team is working to create the high-tech infrastructure to allow scientists to see and comment on each other's work.

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Politics & Government
8:15 am
Wed June 27, 2012

House Votes For Controversial Development Bill

Lawmakers have tentatively passed a bill that would require cities to provide water and sewer service to any area within its urban growth boundary.

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