- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

TRYON, N.C. (AP) - The town of Tryon has instituted water restrictions because of a moderate drought affecting Polk County.

Tryon Town Manager Joey Davis said in a statement to local media that the lack of rain in the area is concerning, but officials are optimistic that the week will bring increased chances of rain.

As part of the stage one restrictions, which were put in place Tuesday evening, Tryon Water System users cannot wash personal vehicles or water vegetation by any means other than handheld hose or drip irrigation systems. Outside areas such as streets, driveways or facades also cannot be washed.

The restrictions will be in place until Tryon officials cancel them, or increase the restrictions to stage two. At stage two, non-recyclable water-cooled air conditioners would be prohibited from running.

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