Water Conservation During the Drought

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In addition to several wildfires in western North Carolina, Cherokee County is experiencing a season of severe drought. We are currently categorized as a level D4, being “Exceptional Drought”. Some residents are also experiencing dry springs and wells. Conditions are not expected to improve tremendously over the next few months so we encourage all residents to take precautionary measures to conserve water resources. Below are a few tips for water conservation:

• Stagger showers in your household and shorten shower time

• Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes

• Limit car washes

• Do laundry at a laundry mat

• Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or hands

• Limit toilet flushes

If well does go dry contact your local well company immediately, as there may be a waiting time before they will be able to assist you. Low-interest loans on individual wells are available.

To learn more about water conservation contact us locally in Cherokee County at:

Emergency Management   828-837-5454        facebook

Cooperative Extension        828-837-2210       facebook