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Hartsville calls for reduced water usage due to moderate drought status

The orange area indicates moderate drought, the yellow indicates "abnormally dry" conditions. Source: U.S. Drought Monitor The orange area indicates moderate drought, the yellow indicates "abnormally dry" conditions. Source: U.S. Drought Monitor

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – The City of Hartsville is requesting voluntary reductions in water usage now that Darlington County is in moderate drought status.

According to a news release from the City of Hartville, city code calls for voluntary in reductions to usage among water customers to prevent depleting the water supply available for essential needs.

The releases asks that customers consider the following steps for reduce water usage:

  • Reduce watering of plants, lawns and other landscaped areas to the minimum necessary.
  • Avoid domestic washing of vehicles such as cars, motorbikes and boats.
  • Avoid washing down hard-surfaced areas such as sidewalks, driveways and parking lots.
  • Avoid washing down buildings for purposes other than immediate fire protection, and avoid flushing out gutters.
  • Eliminate water usage for decorative fountains and reflection ponds, unless it is necessary to support aquatic life.
  • Residents and businesses should both work to monitor and correct water leaks in their systems.
  • Restaurants should consider avoiding routinely serving water in addition to other beverages.

Most of Darlington County has been in moderate drought status for the last two weeks, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The area is experiencing what is known as an "Agricultural Drought." This type of drought occurs as a lack of rainfall causes the top layers of soil to become very dry and impacts local farms and agriculture. The other type of drought is known as a "Hydrologic Drought". This type of drought usually takes a longer amount of time to develop as well below normal rainfall over a very long period of time results in lowering water tables, and falling river and lake levels.

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