With very little consistent rain this summer, folks are being asked to cut back on water use.
Duke Energy, which manages the lakes along the Catawba River, is asking those who use water from the lakes for irrigation to voluntarily limit watering to Tuesdays and Saturdays, according to a release from the company.
The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group recently announced Stage 1 conditions of a regional drought protocol.
“ Despite recent rainfall, the region continues to experience dry conditions,” said Joe Hall, lake services director. “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 is part of a collective effort from municipal water suppliers, state and federal resource agencies, as well as Duke Energy, to preserve and protect water resources in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin, the release said.
Duke Energy has increased surveillance of its boat access areas along the lakes, the company says. Because of declining lake levels, some boat ramps will be closed.
“ Boaters and other recreational users are encouraged to exercise caution and examine their surroundings for potential hazards when on area lakes and waterways,” said John Crutchfield, public safety and recreation director. “Additional hazards can be present just below the water’s surface due to the lower lake levels.”
In addition to cutting water use, Duke Energy said folks also should consider reducing their energy use, which helps save water. The company said users should:
» Set thermostat to the highest comfortable setting
» Use a fan to maintain comfort when raising the temperature on the thermostat
» Keep air filters clean
» Switch incandescent bulbs to cooler CFLs or LEDs
The company said it will continue to monitor lake levels and work in coordination with the DMAG to address the drought conditions.
To see lake levels and access area information, visit www.duke-energy.com/lakes.