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A look at what other municipalities are doing to save water:

• YORK: York Mayor Eddie Lee signed a mandatory water restriction measure Thursday that was to take effect at 8 p.m. Thursday. All nonessential water use is restricted. Guidelines and fines will be the same as York County and Rock Hill's.

• CHESTER: The Chester Metropolitan Water District is following Stage 1 water cutbacks. Water customers are asked to voluntarily reduce lawn watering to twice a week, and to use hand-held devices in the evening or morning instead of irrigation systems. Customers also are asked to reduce car and outdoor building washing. If conditions persist, a Stage 2 response is likely.

• TEGA CAY: Tega Cay announced late Thursday that it would begin mandatory restrictions today, with the restrictions being identical to Rock Hill's. Earlier in the day, City Councilman Les Conner said he expected such a move to happen and said residents caught violating the new rules will be warned on a first offense and fined for any subsequent offenses. Officials already have been asking residents to voluntarily conserve water.

• CLOVER: City officials are asking people to voluntarily reduce their water use, especially between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Residents are asked to eliminate washing sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots and other hard surfaces. They also are asked not to wash down buildings, bikes, boats, cars or similar tasks. Clover buys its water from Gastonia, N.C. The voluntary measure has been in place since June.

-- Adam MacInnis, Charles Perry and Kristen Malone

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