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Stage 3 drought update

MEETING

The South Carolina Drought Response Committee will convene at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the S.C. Forestry Commission's Harbison Environmental Education Center, 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, to evaluate the drought status statewide.

WHAT'S ALLOWED • CHARLOTTE: As of April 5, lawn watering is allowed one day per week with odd-numbered addresses allowed on Saturdays and even-numbered addresses allowed on Sundays. Watering must end at midnight. Residential carwashing also is allowed through midnight Thursday in response to cankerworm spraying.

Allowed water uses include hand-held watering containers or hoses (with spray nozzle attached) to water trees, shrubs or plant beds (not grass or turf), drip irrigation or soaker hoses to water trees, shrubs or plant beds (not turf), commercial uses such as commercial pressure washers, nurseries, commercial car washes, street washers, water use for a construction site, etc. Other outdoor water uses are discouraged but not restricted.

Restricted uses include filling or refilling swimming pools, lawn watering with sprinkler systems, residential car washing and the operation of ornamental fountains. Fines range from $100 to $600.

• YORK COUNTY: All water users serviced by York County are prohibited from using sprinklers, irrigation systems or other remote landscape watering devices. Also prohibited are residential washing of vehicles and outdoor structures, sidewalks, driveways parking lots or other surfaces. Hand watering of plants using a low volume spray is allowed, though runoff is prohibited. Planting of new ornamental plants, seeding or sodding of lawns is prohibited, as is water for fountains, reflective pools or decorative water bodies.

• BELMONT: Belmont City Council was expected to vote Monday night on whether to allow watering one day per week. As of press time Monday, allowed watering uses included trees, shrubs and personal food gardens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Prohibited water uses include residential car washing, planting of ornamental plants, seeding of lawns, filling swimming pools, operating outdoor fountains and washing outdoor surfaces. Public car washes are allowed, and restaurants should only serve water to patrons upon request. Restaurants also are encouraged to use single-serving utensils, plates and beverage containers "to the greatest degree practical."

Fines for violations range from $100 to $500.

OPEN RAMPS

All access areas and ramps on Lake Wylie are open, including Buster Boyd, Allison Creek, Ebenezer Park, Nivens Creek, Copperhead Island and South Point.

NO BURNS

There are no burn bans in North or South Carolina. For information on allowed burning in North Carolina, call (919) 733-2162 and in South Carolina, call (803) 896-8800.

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