Stage 1 is the second of five drought stages. File photo
The city of Camden has asked residents to voluntarily conserve water.
The continuing dry conditions and warm temperatures have resulted in the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) declaring Drought Stage 1 in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.
At the Stage 1 level, residents are asked to eliminate non-essential water use, such as washing cars. Lawns should be watered twice weekly between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The average lawn only requires 1 inch of water per week.
A Drought Watch warning was issued in August. Stage 1 is the second of five drought stages.
The low inflow protocol being followed by CW-DMAG and large water users is triggered by drought conditions. The five drought stages are determined by how much water is in the reservoir, how much water is flowing into the reservoirs from rivers and creeks and the U.S. Drought Monitor. The Drought Monitor is a government site that tracks drought conditions and the severity of the drought.
Below average rainfall is expected to continue through fall. The city of Camden and the CW-DMAG will continue to monitor reservoir levels and weather conditions.