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City of Camden urges responsible water use after drought warning

Posted: October 21, 2010 8:50 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2010 5:00 a.m.

The city of Camden is asking its water customers to voluntarily eliminate non-essential water use and limit discretionary uses like lawn irrigation to off-peak times.

The voluntary reduction is the result of the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) declaring the area under a Stage 1 drought. In Stage 1, water users are encouraged to voluntarily reduce lawn and landscape irrigation as well as residential vehicle washing.

“Recent rains were very beneficial, but not enough to restore the basin’s long-term stream flow and storage to normal conditions,” said Duke Energy CW-DMAG Coordinator Ed Bruce.

Camden City Manager Kevin Bronson stressed that the voluntary reduction does not mean the city is suffering from a water shortage.

“We have plenty of water for our customers,” Bronson said. “It is important that we be good stewards of our water resources. That commitment to responsible use is especially important during this time of little rainfall.”

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