Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Drought Response Committee, which met via conference call on Thursday, July 16th, has upgraded the drought status of the entire state.
Previously, on June 19th, the committee had designated 28 counties to the first level of drought. Those counties are now in the second or moderate stage of drought.
The counties upgraded to the moderate stage of drought include:
All other counties in South Carolina are now in the first level of drought or incipient.
The purpose of the moderate declaration is to increase awareness that drought conditions are intensifying. Water systems are asked to review their Drought Response Plans and Ordinances and implement as needed.