Recent rainfall does little to remedy water levels and drought

Recent rainfall does little to remedy water levels and drought

CLARKS HILL, SC (WFXG) - The CSRA needs about 12 inches of rainfall to make up for the year, and lake levels are down a good ten feet.

"We need rain, and you compound that with some of the fires that have been going on," Tonya Bonitatibus, Savannah Riverkeeper. "The upper part of our river has caught heck."

The trouble may soon extend to your house as there might be limits on our water consumption.

"I don't think there's a question of whether we're going to have restrictions put in place in the next little bit, it's just whether it's in a week, two weeks, a month," she said.

And it doesn't stop there, either. Your power bill might increase as energy companies dependent on the river are also affected.

"In order to replace that power, they've either got to go to another plant on another system that has water available, or the customers--the power companies that buy that company have to go to another source," said Scott Hyatt, operations manager at Lake Thurmond.

Despite the rainfall we've had this week, lake levels have not moved at all.

"Think of things--the ground like a sponge," said Hyatt. "Right now, we've got a shriveled up, dry sponge surrounding the lake and so all that water just kind of soaked into the ground."

We will need several weeks of steady, consistent rainfall for water levels to normalize.

"We all share this river, we all share this water, South Carolina, Georgia, all of us from the lake down to Savannah and so now, as a basin, it's time for us to come together to conserve it," said Bonitatibus.

Lower lake levels mean objects like logs that were once fully submerged are now above the water, so be careful if you're boating.

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