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Rain required: Drought conditions continue to linger locally

As a drought continues to plague McDuffie County and other parts of Georgia, local officials are delivering a message to those who use water: Conserve.

This week, The McDuffie Mirror looks at the dry state of McDuffie County and what it could mean for everyone from fishermen to the average homeowner.

Conservation measures already are underway in Thomson, Dearing and McDuffie County as odd-even address watering dates have been the norm for several weeks. The same plan also includes those who get water by well.

"Conserving water is an important thing for us all to do, but most especially now during this drought period," according to Thomson-McDuffie County Water System Director George Nichols.

Even though many counties across the state are facing critical water shortages, McDuffie County is not one of them, he said.

"We've got adequate amounts of drinking water, because we are fortunate to have two reservoirs of where we get water," Mr. Nichols added. One of them is Clarks Hill Lake and the other Usry's Pond. "It's of great help for us to have two watersheds to draw from."

At Clarks Hill Lake, one of the three intake pipes -- the one closest to the shoreline is now above the water level. The other two intake pipes still are submerged, which local officials say is a positive aspect.

Web posted on Thursday, October 18, 2007

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