Citing low rainfall, Rock Hill enters lowest drought level

Tim Henderson of Rock Hill washes his car Friday at Gleam Works.
Tim Henderson of Rock Hill washes his car Friday at Gleam Works. tkimball@heraldonline.com

Rock Hill officials are asking residents to voluntarily conserve water as the city enters a Stage 1 drought.

The move follows York County, which received an upgraded drought status along with 16 other South Carolina counties by the South Carolina Drought Response Committee. As of Wednesday, all 46 South Carolina counties are now determined to be in incipient or moderate drought status – the two lowest of three levels.

Due to low rainfall levels, Rock Hill and York County are determined to be in the first level of drought. Officials are asking customers to reduce their water usage by limiting watering or use of sprinklers.

City and state officials will continue to monitor water levels and update drought conditions as needed. Further actions will be announced if necessary.

The city is asking residents to:

▪ Use low-volume, drip irrigation and hand-held watering to reduce the use of sprinklers, irrigation systems or other remote landscape watering devices.

▪ Limit watering to no more than two days per week.

▪ Reduce washing down of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts and other hard surfaced areas.

▪ Reduce washing down buildings for purposes other than immediate fire protection.

▪ Reduce flushing of gutters.

▪ Reduce residential washing of vehicles. Use car washes that recycle water instead of washing vehicles at home.

David Thackham: 803-329-4066, @dthackham

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