Johnston County: It’s hot and dry, please limit water for lawns

May 24, 2019

With a steamy Memorial Day weekend on the way, Johnston County is asking residents to skip watering lawns to preserve water for more important uses.

“Due to hot, dry weather conditions, irrigation usage in the county has created above normal water demands. All residential in-ground irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers should be suspended from use Saturday, May 25th, through Monday, May 27th,” the county wrote to customers.

Johnston County has an existing policy that allows property owners to run hoses, sprinklers and irrigation systems only on alternate days of the week. Those with even-numbered street addresses may water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, while those with odd-numbered addresses may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The Triangle is in for the hottest stretch of weather so far this year in the coming days, according to WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell.

Friday’s forecast high is for 93 degrees, just shy of the 95-degree record set in 1944. Saturday will be a bit cooler, but Sunday and Monday could be record-setters, Campbell said.

Humidity will remain tolerable, she said, which means a dry atmosphere.

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