York County and Tega Cay will allow lawn watering once a week, making their drought restrictions consistent with water suppliers Rock Hill and Fort Mill.
The York County Council and the Tega Cay City Council unanimously approved easing their respective restrictions Monday night.
County Manager Jim Baker said the revised restrictions will allow lawn watering on the weekends -- odd-numbered addresses on Saturdays and even numbers on Sundays -- matching the schedule already adopted by Rock Hill and Fort Mill. Tega Cay will follow the same schedule.
Above-average rainfall this spring has lake levels higher than normal, but the area still is well below the rainfall it needs to end the drought.
Some York County Council members were concerned this change would prompt residents to ignore all water restrictions. And others suggested the county hold off on allowing watering until this summer to gauge the conditions.
"Any time you say you're lifting restrictions, people read or hear what they want to hear," said Paul Lindemann, the council member representing the Fort Mill area. "I want to encourage everyone to consider continuing to conserve water."
Rock Hill and Fort Mill made the decision to permit lawn watering one day per weekend last week. They followed Charlotte's and Clover's decisions to ease restrictions. Sprinklers cannot be used during the week, and car washing, power washing and other outdoor water uses remain banned.
The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group also made a recommendation last week that additional outdoor water uses, such as car washing and refilling pools, be allowed once a week on a trial basis.
Rock Hill is having a press conference on water restrictions today, but further changes to drought restrictions would take action from the Rock Hill City Council.