Watering now is twice weekly

For the first time in more than a year, Charlotte will allow people to water lawns and wash cars twice a week beginning today.

City Manager Curt Walton approved the change Wednesday. Customers with odd-numbered addresses can water lawns, wash cars and fill pools and fountains on Tuesdays and Saturdays; those at even-numbered addresses, on Thursdays and Sundays.

The city, though, can cut back to one day per week if conditions worsen.

Charlotte has had water restrictions since last summer because of drought. The one-day-per-week rule has been in place since April.

But recent rains have helped refill lakes and streams, and the fall planting season coincides with a wetter, cooler time of year. Lake levels along the Catawba River are normal for this time of year, and the Charlotte region has received 15 inches of rain in the last 60 days – about a third of the region's normal annual rainfall. For the year, rainfall is slightly above normal.

For more information, go to www.cmutilities.com.