The Latest Drought Information and Ways You Can Help

Figure 1: Rainfall is up 2-4 inches.

Greenville Water’s service area is experiencing dry weather. Anderson, Oconee, Pickens and Greenville Counties are no longer considered to be in drought. However due to low reservoir storage levels in the Savannah River Basin, the area is still considered to be in Stage 2 of the low inflow protocol by the Keowee-Toxaway Drought Management Advisory Group. KT-DMAG offered an update to its members and local 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 August- October. Above normal temperatures will likely persist through October.

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 www.greenvillewater.com/conservation/tips/.

Figure 3: Above normal temperatures and equal chance of above, normal or below normal precipitation are predicted through August.