So, now that our reservoirs are full, Durham has moved from Stage IV water restrictions to Stage III. (ref) Stage III restrictions state that no person shall “[i]ntroduce water into any decorative fountain, pool or pond except where the water is recycled.” I wonder if the little fountain we have in our front flower garden, that has been sitting idle for months would qualify as one “where the water is recycled”. You put water in it and then the water goes up and then it comes down. Of course, it does then evaporate fairly quickly so it’s probably not a good idea to run it. Also, the ordinance adds that no person shall “[u]se water for any unnecessary purpose” and a fountain in the front yard, while nice, really isn’t necessary. So, we’ll probably leave it as is, but I did wonder.