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February 27, 2008

DNR urges voluntary water conservation

As the severe drought lingers, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources is encouraging all South Carolinians to voluntarily conserve water.

The S.C. Drought Response Committee met Jan. 23 in Columbia and decided to maintain the drought status at "severe" for all South Carolina counties except Jasper and Beaufort, which will remain at moderate. The Committee was also concerned because forecasters expect below normal rainfall for February through April 2008.

With little relief on the horizon, state climatologist Hope Mizzell urges South Carolinians to now begin voluntary conservation measures. "We believe it's incredibly important for all South Carolinians to take individual initiative in doing what they can to conserve water. If we all work together now, we can hopefully avoid more stringent restrictions if the drought does continue."

Contact State Climatologist Hope Mizzell at (803) 734-9568 in Columbia for more information about the ongoing drought.

DNR offers these tips for water conservation in and around your home.

CONSERVE WATER IN THE HOUSE:

CONSERVE WATER OUTSIDE THE HOUSE:

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.


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