RALEIGH—More than 450,000 people who use City of Raleigh water can now water their lawns every day.
Although Wake County is under a moderate drought advisory, city council lifted the watering ban which only allowed customers to water outside every other day.
"The best thing is the assistance it'll give in planting new grass or transplanting things," said Raleigh resident John Riedy, who enjoys mowing his own lawn to keep it in top shape.
Now, Riedy and Raleigh Public Utilities customers in Raleigh, Garner, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Knightdale, Wendell, and Zebulon can keep their grass greener by watering every day, which is something they have not been able to do in nearly five years.
City council said they are comfortable lifting the alternate day requirement because reservoirs at Falls Lake and Lake Benson are full.
"If we got a lot of water now and we are projecting with the rain and things that will be coming in this year why do we need to continue to have this restriction on our citizens," said city council member Eugene Weeks.
Landscapers said the ability to water every day will make their lives easier.
"Allow more flexibility in scheduling and less restrictions means the customer will be able to get a little more water on their property and protect their investment," said Turftenders Landscape Services President Steve Hill.
Landscapers still plan to practice saving water by doing things, like adjusting sprinklers.
"So that it doesn't get so much on the sidewalk, keeps the water on the turf and we waste as little water as possible," said landscaper Josh Demoll.
For Riedy, even a little more water can help make his lawn standout.
"The best part about having a green lawn is the way it looks,” said Riedy.
Public Utilities said the new incentive could also prevent them from raising water rates in the coming years.