The Latest Drought Information and Ways You Can Help

Greenville Water’s service area is experiencing extremely dry weather and continued drought conditions.  As part of the Keowee-Toxaway Drought Management Advisory Group, we received an update from officials this week.

Figure 2: Drought conditions have slightly improved according to the drought monitor.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) estimates that up to 6-9 inches of rainfall is needed to return to normal conditions. This rain needs to be a slow, soaking rain. As a matter of perspective, Fayetteville NC received 8 inches of rain in 6 hours which resulted in major flooding during Hurricane Matthew. The area received a total of approximately 14 inches over the course of the hurricane.

NOAA Forecasters are suggesting an equal chance of above, below or normal precipitation for June –August. Above normal temperatures will likely persist through August.

As a result of these extreme conditions, we ask that our customers remain steadfast in their efforts to conserve water by minimizing the non-essential use of water. Non-essential uses include watering lawns and washing vehicles. Greenville Water recommends limiting outdoor water use to watering twice a week between the hours of 7pm and 8am for no more than 10 minutes. These recommendations will keep our water levels sufficient during this drought for essential uses, such as drinking, cooking and cleaning. For additional tips on ways that you can help to conserve water, please go to our website at

Figure 3: June-July-August: Temperatures are Above Normal; Equal chance of above, or Normal Precipitation.