Charlotte Water releases voluntary water conservation recommendations after Drought Stage 1 issued.
Charlotte Water says dry weather conditions and above-average temperatures caused the drought to escalate to Stage 1, which is the second of five drought stages.
The following cities affected are Charlotte, Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Hickory,Monroe, Landis, Bessemer and Midland.
The recommendations include the Catawba-Wateree River Basin area:
- Please only irrigate on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 6pm—6am if you must irrigate
- 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
Those who violate irrigation day watering rules will receive a written notice of the violation and possible fee.
Residential Customer Voluntary Restrictions:
- Do not wash vehicles at home, please use commercial car wash locations that recycle water instead
- Please refrain from residential power washing
Commercial Customer Voluntary Restrictions:
- 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
“While some areas of the Basin have received scattered rainfall, the lack of widespread precipitation the past several weeks and high temperatures have resulted in increased drought conditions,” said Ed Bruce, P.E., Duke Energy, CW-DMAG coordinator. “We are asking the community to conserve water and energy as we enter the height of the summer season and the typically drier fall period.”