Sanford to sign new state water regulation act Thursday

Charleston, SC - CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - Gov. Mark Sanford visits the South Carolina coast to sign a new law to better regulate the use of water in the state.

Sanford signs the Water Withdrawal Permitting, Use, and Reporting Act on Thursday in Charleston. The law was approved by state lawmakers after four years of work and negotiation.

The law helps officials get a better picture of how much water is being used in the state to allow better management of water supplies.

Among other things, it establishes a permitting system for those who withdraw more than 3 million gallons of water a month from rivers or lakes.

It also requires new water users to have a plan so they can stop withdrawing water if stream or lake levels get too low.

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