01/17/06 — State officials want to talk about water use; meeting set here

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State officials want to talk about water use; meeting set here

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on January 17, 2006 1:45 PM

State officials will hold a public hearing Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. at Wayne Community College for residents of the eastern part of the state to comment on proposed changes in how the state deals with water shortages.

The state Environmental Management Commission and the Division of Water Resources is seeking advice on how to best prepare the state's residents and businesses for severe droughts. Proposed rules would govern water use during drought.

The agency was directed by the Legislature to come up with guidelines to minimize harmful effects of drought on public health, safety and the state's economy.

The proposed rules were developed in consultation with an advisory panel comprised of all types of water users, environmental protection agencies and natural resources advocacy groups.

State officials said their aim is to establish clear guidelines for water use by the public, state agencies, local governments, agriculture and industries.

Similar hearings are being held this week in Lexington and on Jan. 31 in Asheville.

People who cannot attend the Goldsboro hearing but wish to have their concerns heard by the commission may submit their comments in writing to Linwood Peele with the Division of Water Resources, Water Supply Planning Section, 1611 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1611 or by e-mailing linwood.peele@ncmail.net.

Questions also may be directed to Peele at 919-715-5455.

Residents who are interested in learning more about the issue of water regulation and the proposed rules can visit www.ncwater.org.