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Residents concerned about severe drought in parts of Upstate

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Map of drought status in SC counties. (Source: SCDNR) Map of drought status in SC counties. (Source: SCDNR)

A severe drought in part of the Upstate as the State Drought Commission shares drought designations statewide. Water conservation warnings are also coming out from local water officials. Commission leaders are monitoring low lake and stream levels. Greer Commission of Public Works, CPW, is also urging people conserve water, but as a normal routine in their daily lives.

According to commission leaders, some areas of the state have gotten less than 10 percent of normal rainfall in the last 2 months. Parts of the Upstate are very dry, while the coast is doing better with higher lake and stream levels there. That's also the case for Lake Robinson in Greer.

There's enough water in Lake Robinson despite a statewide drought. It's severe in some places like Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties. Lake Robinson is the main source of drinking water for Greer and surrounding areas.

Low stream flow and lake levels in those counties, but overall it's considered a moderate drought in the upstate with lakes, like Lake Robinson doing well. The Chief Lake Warden said, "Right now, we're at full pond, its running over the dam, we're in good shape. The spring fed river, which is the South Tiger River, doing real good."

Protecting this supply at Lake Robinson is always on the lake area resident's minds and they're focused on conserving water especially with drought declarations. Long-time resident, Ken Wilson, who holds a bass fishing record at Lake Robinson, said people shouldn't need mandatory conservation warnings to think about the water supply. "This lake here is what it's all about. The water for the city of Greer, comes off Lake Cunningham, but this is a back-up lake - a holding impoundment. And that's what it's about - conserving," he said.

Greer CPW suggests daily habits from landscaping to household chores to use less water. Alison Rauch, Greer CPW public information officer said, "Check for leaks in your own home and definitely don't let the water run while brushing your teeth." Adding these adjustments can conserve water and protect the supply.

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