HICKORY, N.C. -- Communities throughout the Catawba River Basin are asking customers to conserve water due to decreasing stream flows, groundwater levels and lake storage levels throughout the basin.
The City of Hickory in cooperation with other major water suppliers along the Catawba River and Duke Energy, participate in a joint management effort to properly manage the water resources available within the Catawba River Basin.
Hickory is declaring a Stage 1 Low Inflow Protocol condition in conformance with the City of Hickory Water Supply Response Plan due to decreasing stream flows, lower ground water table elevation and decreased Lake Storage levels.
These conditions are due to the lack of rain the Basin experienced during the last half of July through September and hotter temperatures during those same months leading to seasonal elevated evaporation from the Lakes.
The goal of this stage is to reduce water use by three to five percent. Measures to achieve this goal could include:
• Water outdoors with the intention of applying no more than one-inch per week to yards.
• Turn water off while brushing teeth or washing face.
• Repair leaking faucets and/or toilets.
Stream flow, ground water table and Lake Storage level data is monitored closely and the Catawba River Drought Management Advisory Group evaluates this data monthly during times of drought.
Customers are asked to meet and continue the three to five percent water use reduction goal until further notice.
If customers would like additional measures or have any questions, please do not hesitate contacting your local water provider.
Customers may also get water use conservation tips from the Water Management Groups website at www.catawbawatreewmg.org.