OCONEE COUNTY — The Keowee-Toxaway Drought Management Advisory Group announced Monday that the Keowee-Toxaway River Basin has entered Stage 1 drought.
The announcement came after months of reduced rainfall and hot temperatures, and the U.S. Corps of Engineers recently declaring Level 1 of their drought plan for the downstream federal projects.
Stage 1 is the second of five drought stages outlined in the KT Low Inflow Protocol. Stage 0 was reached on June 30, 2016.
Voluntary water conservation is recommended by water users across the basin.
Neighbors on Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee who withdraw water for irrigation purposes are asked to voluntarily limit their water withdrawals to two days a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Other large water users in the basin, as a goal, will adjust their practices to limit water withdrawals.
The LIP is a regional drought management plan used by major water users in the Keowee-Toxaway river basin to share responsibility and set priorities for water conservation. The plan outlines specific actions for each stage.
“The LIP is a coordinated effort to ensure we conserve our shared water resources by proactively planning and responding to changing conditions,” explained Dyke Spencer, Powdersville Water District. “Residents and other water users are asked to help limit water use.”
The Keowee-Toxaway River Basin is a tributary to the Savannah River Basin.