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#07-263 September 17, 2007

Homeowners can conserve water, save money during drought

Residents in the Palmetto State can do their part to conserve water due to the ongoing drought and save a few dollars on their water bill. State and local representatives from the South Carolina Drought Response Committee upgraded the drought level to severe for all counties except Beaufort and Jasper on Sept. 5. Drought levels are declared in four stages from incipient to moderate, severe followed by extreme.

There is no recommendation for mandatory water restrictions from the Drought Response Committee, but restrictions may result from local water system ordinances going to the severe level. The committee does hope the upgrade will increase awareness and water systems, and industries are encouraged to closely monitor conditions and implement their local drought plans as needed. For more information about drought, visit the Office of Climatology or contact State Climatologist Hope Mizzell at (803) 734-9568 in Columbia.

CONSERVE WATER IN THE HOUSE:

CONSERVE WATER OUTSIDE THE HOUSE:

(Water conservation tips are courtesy S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Environmental Protection Agency.)

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.


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