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Carolinas Drought Information

Heron on a Catawba Lake Persistent drought conditions continue in both Carolinas. The Catawba-Wateree River basin is a vital resource in the region, providing water for drinking, sanitation, recreation, power generation, business uses and aquatic habitat. As the drought continues, energy and water conservation become even more important.

Toward that goal, Duke Energy has created this section of our Web site to serve as a central source of information. Included are things you can do to reduce your impact on the region's water resource.

June 9, 2009

On June 9, 2009, the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMWAG) announced that steady improvement in groundwater and stream flow conditions have resulted in a return to normal conditions along the Catawba-Wateree River basin.

The Catawba-Wateree River basin is a vital resource in the region, providing water for drinking, sanitation, recreation, power generation, business uses and aquatic habitat. The 2007-2009 drought was the worst ever recorded in the basin, requiring both mandatory and voluntary water conservation at various times to minimize impacts.

“Conditions across the basin have essentially returned to normal,” said Ed Bruce, CW-DMAG coordinator.  “The Group reviewed the existing data and determined that the basis can support normal water use.  Whether the basin continues in normal conditions or falls back into a drought as we move into the summer is highly dependent upon future rainfall patterns.”

The basin’s groundwater indicators continue to improve, and the US Drought Monitor (representing a consensus of scientists’ views from a compliment of drought indicators across the nation) shows almost the entire basin in a normal condition. 

While we have moved into a normal condition, Duke Energy encourages everyone to conserve water whenever possible as good stewards of the environment. 

Current lake levels along the Catawba-Wateree River basin have returned to normal levels for this time of year and Duke Energy has returned to normal hydro operations.

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