April showers have brought fewer water restrictions to Rock Hill and Fort Mill.
York County, which buys its water from Rock Hill, soon could 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.
Rock Hill's decision this week to remove the complete water ban enacted in October follows Mecklenburg County's decision earlier this month and Clover's decision in March to ease restrictions.
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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.
York County remains in a Stage 3 drought, meaning residential car washing is banned. Car washing will be discussed by the S.C. Drought Response Committee today. Water conservation still is encouraged by officials.
Here's a roundup of area restrictions:
• Rock Hill and Fort Mill will allow lawn watering one day per weekend starting Saturday. Odd-numbered home addresses will be allowed to water on Saturdays, while even numbers can water on Sundays. Sprinklers cannot be used during the week and car washing, power washing and other outdoor water uses remain banned.
• York is prohibiting all irrigation and car washing. People are allowed to hand-water plants if they have a hose with an automatic shut-off.
• Clover residents who live east of U.S. 321 can water their lawns between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Mondays, and those who live west of U.S. 321 can water during the same times Thursdays. There are no time limits for washing vehicles or filling fountains and pools, but residents are prohibited from washing down sidewalks, driveways or buildings, flushing gutters and getting water from hydrants.
• Tega Cay and unincorporated areas of the county still are banned from irrigating and subject to all Stage 3 restrictions.
Duke Energy spokeswoman Lindy Atwell said Lake Wylie is approximately 1.1 foot above its ideal level for this time of year at an elevation of 98.1feet (an elevation of 100 feet is considered full pond).
So far in April, with 1.88 inches of rain, the Charlotte region is already .51 inches above the average rainfall of 1.37 inches for the entire month, according to Bob Bruce with the National Weather Service regional office in Greenville.