Water level to drop 7 feet at Lake Murray starting in November

tflach@thestate.comOctober 4, 2013 

The water level at Lake Murray will be drawn down about 7 feet from its current level starting next month for water quality improvements, SCE&G announced Friday.

It’s the first time the lake has dropped this much since 2006, when improvements were made to the original 83-year-old earthen dam.

The gradual drawdown will start in early November and will stay that way until roughtly Jan. 1, when it will be allowed to rise back to normal levels, according to a news release from South Carolina Electric & Gas. The utility runs a lake originally built for hydropower but now a major source of Midlands recreation.

A periodic drawdown has been recommended by environmental experts to assure water quality in the 47,500-acre lake remains good.

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