Drought Conditions Worsen – Mandatory Water Restrictions Needed August 27, 2007
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -
Extreme drought conditions combined with record-breaking heat have resulted in the need for mandatory water restrictions.
Duke Energy declared a Stage 2 low inflow condition for the Catawba-Wateree River Basin as part of a regional drought plan, which calls for mandatory water conservation measures by major users along the basin. Until today, conditions were at Stage 1, which calls for voluntary conservation. Moving to Stage 2 is a clear indication that the situation is worsening. Mandatory water restrictions are needed along with widespread significant rainfall to bring lake levels back to normal.
“More water conservation is needed up and down the river,” Jeff Lineberger, Duke Energy hydro licensing manager said. “The collaboration with 24 other public water users is significant, and we appreciate their cooperation and participation in moving from voluntary conservation to mandatory water restrictions.”
“Conservation is key and an individual responsibility,” Lineberger said. “Some people are already conserving, and we want them to continue. But the call today is for more people to conserve and to follow the mandatory conservation requirements in their communities. It makes a difference and buys the region time until rain arrives.”
Duke Energy’s stage 2 actions include:
- further reducing hydroelectric generation and flow releases (reductions made in conventional hydroelectric generation by about 45 percent when compared to April through June in past seven years) ;
- communicate ongoing decline of lake levels due to record temperatures and little or no rainfall;
- ongoing inspections of boat ramps, with closings at two boat ramps at Allison Creek Access Area on Lake Wylie and two boat ramps at Linville Access Area on Lake James earlier this month – later today, Duke Energy will close several additional boat ramps on Lake Wylie including the remaining two boat ramps at Allison Creek; 3 of 4 boat ramps at Buster Boyd Access area; and one boat ramp at South Point Access Area to ensure public safety;
- continuing communications with employees and customers for energy and water conservation;
- complying with local communities’ mandatory restrictions for all Duke Energy facilities in the Carolinas.
Visit duke-energy.com and type in Lakes and Recreation in the Search box for current lake level information and water conservation tips.
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