Who is Conserving Water in the Southeast?

While many areas in the southeast are recovering from drought conditions, the drought still persists, especially in Alabama.

Is the current drought forcing anyone in the Southeast to conserve water? Here is state-by-state rundown.

North Carolina

  • All 100 of North Carolina’s counties are experiencing some level of drought conditions.
  • 62% of all water system have no restrictions on water use.
  • 30% have voluntary water conservation measures.
  • 8% has some sort of mandatory conservation measures
  • Check out their statewide water conservation status homepage.

South Carolina

  • No water restrictions


  • The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has declared a level two drought response for the entire state which means a restricted outdoor water use schedule.


  • South Florida Water Management District is experiencing “abnormally dry” to “severe” drought conditions.
  • Modified phase III restrictions (goal of 45% reduction) are in effect for Palm Beach and Broward Counties and the Tequesta area of Martin County.
  • Modified Phase II (goal of 30% reduction) restrictions are in effect for Martin and St. Lucie Counties.
  • Modified Phase III restrictions are in effect for the Indian Prairie Basin, portions of the Lakeshore Perimeter Water Use Basin, and portions of the Lake Istokpoga canal.
  • Phase II restrictions are in effect for the Lower West Coast Region and Miami-Dade County.
  • Phase III restrictions are in effect for the entire Lake Okeechobee Service Area.
  • South West Florida Water Managment District is experiencing “abnormally dry” to “moderate”drought conditions. Charlotte County and a portion of DeSoto County are still experiencing “severe” drought conditions. A modified Phase II Water Shortage order remains in effect, which calls for a 5% reduction in water use.
  • Voluntarily water restrictions in other parts of Florida


  • At least 6 percent of the state’s 714 municipal water systems have imposed water-use restrictions.
  • Birmingham has just issued mandatory restrictions on the city’s 750,000 customers that includes banning at-home car washing and the use of lawn sprinklers.