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Water restrictions lifted in Meck County

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities has lifted all restrictions on water use, ending the longest-period of drought restrictions in the region's history, This doesn't mean that Mecklenburg County is no longer in a drought; the US Drought Monitor says it's still "abnormally dry." But that's not dry enough to require water restrictions. So for the first time in 20 months, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities customers are free to water their lawns, wash their cars and fill their pools whenever they want. Utilities spokesperson Maeneen Klein says several things prompted local officials to lift the restrictions, despite some lingering dryness. "The improved conditions; the forecast looking pretty optimist; and the fact that our customers using quite a bit less water than they did in previous years. We think this is an appropriate move." Klein says Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities customers have cut back their water usage by about 25-percent compared to pre-drought times in early 2007. Officials are now counting on people to keep up their water-wise ways without mandatory restrictions.