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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and
wildlife officials have encouraged residents to voluntarily conserve
water during the state's worsening drought.
Last month, the state's Drought Response Committee upgraded the
conditions to severe levels for all counties except Beaufort and
Things have not improved since, the Department of Natural
Resources said. The agency said 14 of the 17 streams monitored are at
extreme drought level, and some lakes have declined to water levels
lower than the extended drought period of 1998-2002.
Rainfall over most of the state has been below normal this year
for every month except June, the agency said.
"As the situation continues, we believe it's incredibly important
for all South Carolinians to take individual initiative in doing what
they can to conserve water," Sanford said.
The agency released a list of ways to conserve water, including
turning off the faucet while brushing teeth and shaving, taking
shorter showers and reducing garbage disposal use.
While the forecast calls for widespread rain, state climatologist
Hope Mizzell said it will take "many months of normal to above normal
rainfall" to help the drought conditions.
"Unfortunately," she says, "that is not expected."
Mizzell said longer-range forecasts call for a drier-than-normal
fall and winter.
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