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On November 1, 2016, Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced the Catawba-Wateree Basin reached the stage 1 drought stage as a result of warm temperatures and sustained dry weather conditions. The Low Inflow Protocol (LIP), which defines drought stages, is composed of five drought stages. Stage 1 imposes voluntary restrictions and is the second level of five stages.

The CW-DMAG is reminding the public to conserve both water and energy as dry conditions persist. Second, Duke Energy is asking individuals that withdraw water from the Catawba-Wateree lakes for irrigation to limit the watering of their lawns to Tuesdays and Saturdays. In addition, Duke Energy plans to monitor lake levels and will take action such as closing boat ramps to protect the public.

For conservation tips, please visit Charlotte Water’s Drought Central page.

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