Persistent drought conditions has led the town of Fort Mill to issue Stage 1, voluntary water use restrictions for residents and businesses.
The move follows York County, which also asked residents to restrict water usage after receiving an upgraded drought status along with 16 other South Carolina counties by the South Carolina Drought Response Committee. Last week, all 46 South Carolina counties were determined to be in incipient or moderate drought status – the two lowest of three levels.
Dry weather conditions and above-average temperatures have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 1 of the Low Inflow Protocol. Stage 1 is the second of five drought stages outlined in the LIP and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users across the Basin, in addition to operational adjustments by Duke Energy.
The LIP is the drought management plan major water users in the region employ to share responsibility and set priorities to conserve the limited water supply during drought conditions.
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Town officials are asking residents to conserve water by going to a car wash instead of washing cars at home, along with other measures, including:
▪ Only irrigate on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 6 pm - midnight
▪ Limit landscape watering of no more than one inch of water per week, this includes rain
▪ Please conserve all water use indoors and outdoors
▪ Please refrain from outdoor water use during the day (6am to 6pm) to reduce evaporation losses
▪ Please refrain from filling pools
▪ Only top off swimming pools on Thursday and Sundays, between 6pm - 6am
▪ Please discontinue operation of fountains and other ornamental water features that do not sustain aquatic animal life
▪ Please refrain from residential power washing
The town is also asking businesses to help conserve water and follow these Commercial Customer Voluntary Restriction guidelines:
▪ Businesses should educate employees and customers about water conservation practices
▪ Charity groups should consider alternatives to car washes for fundraising activities
▪ Property managers should repair known water leaks and increase plumbing inspection frequency
▪ Fleet managers should reduce car washing frequency
For more information, visit fortmillsc.gov or call 803-547-2116
The Rock Hill Herald contributed.