- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The city of Charlotte is asking customers to cut down on water usage.

The city’s water utility told local media that drought indicators are getting worse for the Catawba River basin.

A drought management panel said above average heat and generally dry weather have triggered the second of five steps in a water-saving plan.

Officials say conditions in the Charlotte area are the worst since December 2011.

The river basin runs from the North Carolina mountains south to near Columbia, South Carolina.

Charlotte Water asked customers to conserve water both indoors and outside.

They ask customers to water lawns and gardens only on Tuesdays and Saturdays at night. They also asked people not to fill swimming pools and to turn off ornamental water features such as fountains.

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