COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 6, 2009) – SCE&G has several upcoming water releases scheduled from the Saluda Hydroelectric Plant at Lake Murray to accommodate local events. The first will be Saturday, May 9, to support the rafting event Canoeing for Kids. Water will be released beginning around 8 a.m. and will continue through late afternoon.
In addition, water is scheduled to be released throughout the week of May 11 to provide needed flows for the Columbia Fire Department to conduct their swift water rescue training. Water will be released each day from May 11 through May 15 beginning at 5:30 a.m. and continuing through late afternoon.
Users of the Saluda River during these times are advised to use extreme caution, especially in areas where swift water can be hazardous. Flows for these releases will be in the “red” range, the highest category of water release, as described on the lower Saluda River Web site.
Located at www.sceg.com/saludariver, the lower Saluda Web site provides information on current and planned releases from the Saluda Plant. The page provides, as nearly as possible, real-time flow conditions on the river as well as links to helpful resources from the U.S. Geological Survey, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and American Whitewater.
The company also offers a phone alert system on the site that people can subscribe to if they’d like to receive a phone call with an automated message alerting them when the plant is releasing water. Simply click the “register now” link and follow the instructions.
“We are fortunate that Mother Nature has been on our side this year,” said Jim Landreth, vice president of Fossil and Hydro Operations for SCE&G. “We are happy that spring rains have allowed us to provide adequate flows to the Columbia Swift Water Rescue team to give their folks the training they need to keep our rivers safe. We are also thankful to once again work with Canoeing for Kids, a very worthy endeavor.”
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 652,000 customers in 26 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 309,000 customers in 34 counties in the state. Information about SCE&G is available on the company’s web site at www.sceg.com.