Practice Water Conservation even with Recent Rains

Despite recent rains, Oconee County and the rest of Upstate South Carolina remain in drought.  Oconee Soil and Water Conservation District manager Eddie Martin encourages residents to conserve this valuable resource whenever possible.  “Water is a tremendous issue as everyone can witness as they drive by the main reservoirs.  We need to step up and do more to conserve water in our homes.  Things like watering lawns, running toilets and faucets.  Simple things like turning off the water when you brush your teeth can go a long way to conserving water.” Two and a quarter inches of rain fell in Oconee County on Wednesday, however, water levels on Lake Hartwell remain a foot below what is expected in December and Lakes Keowee and Jocassee remain lower than normal as well.