LAKE WYLIE -- Several municipalities surrounding Lake Wylie loosened their water use restrictions earlier this month, allowing limited irrigation.
Basically, most are the same as they have been for the past few months with the addition of allowed irrigation once per week. Here are the new rules:
• Tega Cay and York County: Use of residential sprinklers and irrigation systems or remote watering devices is limited to once per week, with odd-numbered addresses allowed to water 12:01-9 a.m. on Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses are allowed to water 12:01-9 a.m. Sundays.
Water runoff is strictly prohibited. Hand watering for landscape design and maintenance is allowed throughout the week, though early morning is recommended. Filling swimming pools is prohibited, as are pressure washing and washing of residential vehicles, boats, outdoor structures, pavement and parking lots.
Commercial nurseries are allowed to water as needed, as are commercial pressure washing businesses and car washes. For more information, visit yorkcountygov.com.
• Charlotte: Outdoor water uses are allowed one day per week. Customers with odd-numbered addresses can use water outdoors until midnight on Saturdays, while even-numbered addresses can use water outdoors until midnight on Sundays. Hand watering or watering with a hose is allowed any day of the week, but not for lawns. Commercial water uses, including pressure washers, nurseries and car washes are allowed.
Residential car washing is not allowed during the week, but is allowed on weekends depending on address. The same is true of filling swimming pools and fountains. Fines range from $100 to $600 and potential loss of service. For more information, visit charmeck.org.
• Belmont: All outdoor water use, including irrigation, residential vehicle washing and filling of swimming pools, is allowed on Saturdays until midnight. All outdoor water uses are prohibited at other times. For more information, visit cityorbelmont.org.
We asked several area residents on Friday and Monday at Buster Boyd Access and Lake Wylie Plaza, respectively, about what they think of the looser water restrictions.
"I think lessening the water restrictions is a bad thing. We need to give the groundwater levels time to recover before we lesson the restrictions. I'd rather have drinking water than green grass." -- Ray Stevens, Lake Wylie
"I'm all for it. Water's been pretty high in the lake and they're letting it out. If they need to tighten back, I understand. But right now it doesn't seem to be a problem and if they're going to let it out, we'd like to use it." -- Ron Eudy, Lake Wylie
"I have mixed emotions. I have several plants and I adhered very strictly to the water restrictions. I lost a couple of them, and I would appreciate being able to water them a couple of times a week. But I am using less water. I've changed my lifestyle." -- Nancy Schroeder, Lake Wylie
"I continue to be concerned about drought conditions, particularly with what they're forecasting nationally. I am in favor of allowing some watering, but I don't want to go back to where it was, unlimited." -- Janice Dodge, Lake Wylie