The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) has announced that dry weather conditions have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 0 of the group’s drought protocol. Stage 0 is a DROUGHT WATCH stage that notifies CW-DMAG members to monitor conditions more closely. Stage 0 was reached on January 4, 2022. There are no required actions by the community at this stage, but water conservation is strongly encouraged, especially with the expected dry months ahead.
CW-DMAG members include the area’s public water suppliers, such as Charlotte Water, and several large industrial users withdrawing water from the rivers and lake system. North Carolina and South Carolina resource agencies, other federal agencies, along with Duke Energy are a part of this group.