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, participates in a joint management effort to properly manage the
water resources available within the Catawba River Basin. This group has worked
cooperatively over the past fourteen years to develop the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP)
which the water suppliers and Duke Energy use to manage water resources throughout
Interim City Manager Andrea Surratt of the City of Hickory is declaring a Stage 1 LIP
condition in conformance with the City of Hickory Water Shortage 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 June through October and hotter temperatures during those same months
leading to seasonal elevated evaporation from the Lakes. 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. On
November 1, 2016 this data reflected conditions meeting the requirements of a Stage 1
Stage 1 LIP is the first stage of voluntary water use conservation. The goal of this stage
is to reduce water use by three to five percent. Measures to achieve this goal could
Water outdoors with the intention of applying no more than one-inch per week to
grasses and shrubs.
Turn water off while brushing teeth or washing face.
Repair leaking faucets and/or toilets.
Customers are asked to meet and continue the three to five percent water use reduction
goal until further notice.
Partner governmental and non-profit systems of the City of Hickory affected by this
Stage 1 LIP declaration include the Cities of Conover and Claremont, Towns of
Brookford, Catawba, Long View and Maiden, portions of Alexander and Catawba
Counties, Icard Township Water Corporation and all customers receiving a bill directly
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