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Media Advisory: Duke Energy to Discuss Escalated Drought Conditions at 3 p.m.

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Today Duke Energy declared a Stage 3 low inflow condition for the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. The action is part of a regional drought plan which calls for more restrictive mandatory water conservation measures throughout the basin as the drought becomes exceptional.

Duke Energy’s role is to provide basin-wide data. The latest information indicates that approximately 42 percent of usable water storage remains in the Catawba-Wateree basin prompting the Stage 3 declaration. Stage 2 mandatory restrictions were announced on August 27, 2007.  In recent weeks, public water suppliers in the basin have responded to the continued drought by tightening water restrictions.

Steve Jester, Duke Energy’s vice president of hydro licensing and lake services, will be available for interviews at 3:00 p.m. today on the Mint Street side of the Energy Center located at 526 South Church Street.  Please call our media line if you’re interested in an interview.

More information on lake levels and drought conditions is available at:

Member organizations of the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group include:

Duke Energy, North Carolina Division of Water Resources, North Carolina Division of Water Quality, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, United States Geological Survey, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, City of Morganton, NC, City of Hickory, NC, Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities, Lincoln County, NC, City of Gastonia, NC, City of Rock Hill, SC, Union-Lancaster Catawba River Water Treatment Plant, City of Camden, SC, International Paper, Invista, City of Marion, NC, Town of Granite Falls, NC, Town of Valdese, NC, Town of Longview, NC, City of Statesville, NC, City of Mount Holly, NC, City of Belmont, NC, Bessemer City, NC, City of Cherryville, NC, Town of Dallas, NC, City of Lincolnton, NC, Chester Metropolitan District, Lugoff-Elgin Water Authority, South Carolina Electric & Gas, American & Efird, The Greens of Rock Hill, Clariant Corporation, Springs Industries, Seimans Westinghouse.

Contact: Marilyn Lineberger
24-Hour Phone: (704) 382-8333

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