Mount Airy lifts ban on outdoor water use


Mount Airy residents can turn on the lawn sprinklers and wash their cars.

The town lifted its three-month ban on all outdoor water use at noon yesterday.

The town of 5,800 faced severe water shortages caused by the worst drought in 70 years. Voluntary conservation failed, forcing imposition of a ban June 11 and the threat of fines.

On Monday, Mayor Gerald R. Johnson had said the ban would remain in effect until a new well -- the town's eighth -- came on line late this month. But another heavy rain yesterday apparently ended the town's water problems.

Officials issued a news release that asked residents to continue conservation "so that next spring and summer a water ban will not be necessary."

Pub Date: 9/22/99

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