April showers have brought fewer water restrictions to Rock Hill and Fort Mill.
York County, which buys its water from Rock Hill, could soon follow suit.
The York County Council on Monday will consider relaxing its water restrictions to allow lawn watering on weekends, said David Harmon, the county's public works director. Above-average rainfall this spring has lake levels higher than normal, but the area is still well below the rainfall it needs to end the drought.
Tega Cay, which buys its water from Rock Hill through Fort Mill, also plans to discuss water restrictions at its City Council meeting Monday, Mayor Bob Runde said. York won't consider relaxing the drought restrictions until the lake it draws water from rises above its 3-foot deficit, said City Manager Charles Helms.
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On Thursday, the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group advised its members--including York County and Charlotte--that lawn watering one day per week could be allowed due to improving drought conditions. The group recomended doing so on a trial basis through the end of May.
"We're still in a Stage 3 drought," said Ed Bruce, group coordinator, "but all the drought indicators have shown improvements for about a month. We hope we won't need to go back to more severe restrictions when we evaluate the drought status again at our next meeting."