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Duke asks lake residents to conserve during drought

Posted: July 30, 2015 4:44 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2015 1:00 a.m.

With drought conditions continuing to plague the South Carolina Upstate and Midlands, Duke Energy is asking residents along the Catawba-Wateree river and lakes systems to conserve water usage. Duke is asking for voluntary restrictions to landscape watering by limiting such irrigation to Tuesdays and Saturdays.

“Despite recent rainfall, the region continues to experience dry conditions,” Duke Lake Services Director Joe Hall said. “We want to thank residents for supporting water conservation efforts and ask everyone withdrawing water for irrigation from one of the 11 Catawba-Wateree lakes to limit watering to the two designated days per week.”

The request comes as part of a collective effort by municipal water suppliers, state and federal resource agencies and Duke Energy to preserve and protect water resources in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) recently announced Stage 1 conditions of a regional drought protocol.

The city of Camden recently to keep lawn irrigation to twice a week during off peak hours (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and eliminate non-essential water use.

Duke is also closely monitoring activity at its boat ramps along the river and lake system, as low water presents hazards not normally a concern when levels are normal. To ensure the safety of boaters and protect property, some boat ramps will be closed due to these declining lake levels. At this time, Duke Energy has only announced boat ramp closings on Lake Wylie. It is closing two of its four company-managed boat ramps there.

“Boaters and other recreational users are encouraged to exercise caution and examine their surroundings for potential hazards when on area lakes and waterways,” Duke Public Safety and Recreation Director John said. “Additional hazards can be present just below the water’s surface due to the lower lake levels.”

Duke Energy also encourages the community to be mindful of its water use, as well as consider using less energy, which also helps save water. Examples of ways to limit energy use during the summer months include:

• Set your thermostat to the highest comfortable setting

• Consider using a fan to maintain comfort when you raise the temperature on your thermostat

• Keep air filters clean

• Switch incandescent bulbs to cooler CFLs or LEDs

Duke Energy will continue to closely monitor lake levels and work in coordination with the DMAG to address the drought conditions. 

Lake levels and access area information is available online at www.duke-energy.com/lakes.

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