Charlotte escalates to Drought Stage 1

Low lake levels force boat ramps to close

The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced that dry weather conditions and warm temperatures have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin, which includes Charlotte Water customers in Stage 1 of the Low Inflow Protocol. Stage 1 is the second of five drought stages outlined in the protocol and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users across the Basin, including Charlotte Water customers.

“The lack of widespread precipitation the past few months, especially in the upper basin, has resulted in additional loss of reservoir water storage, said Ed Bruce, P.E., Duke Energy, CW-DMAG coordinator. “We are asking the community to conserve water and energy as we move through the typically dry late-fall period.”

“We want to be proactive in making the community aware of increased drought conditions and ask our customers to be mindful of water use,” explained Barry McKinnon, P.E., Mooresville Public Utilities Director. “The sooner we start conserving, the better for our region as we work together to preserve our shared water resources.”

Charlotte Water joins the other 40+ members of the DMAG in asking customers to:

  • Please only irrigate on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. if you must irrigate
  • Limit landscape watering of no more than one inch of water per week, this includes rain
  • Please conserve all water use indoors and outdoors
  • Please refrain from outdoor water use during the day (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) to reduce evaporation losses
  • Please refrain from filling pools
  • Only top off swimming pools on Thursday and Sundays, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Please discontinue operation of fountains and other ornamental water features that do not sustain aquatic animal life

For more information, visit charlottewater.org select drought central or dial 311.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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