COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 13, 2006 - Maintenance work on the upstream portion of the Lake Murray Dam contracted by SCE&G is coming to a close ahead of schedule, shortening the window to conduct dock work. SCE&G's maintenance work, which began Jan. 30, should be completed by Feb. 19. SCE&G will allow the lake level to begin rising the following day, Feb. 20.
"We are pleased with how well the maintenance work has progressed," said Jim Landreth, vice president of Fossil and Hydro Operations for SCE&G. "However, we know that many lake residents have taken the draw-down as an opportunity to do minor permitted excavations and to repair and build docks. With a week before the lake begins rising, now is the time for residents to complete their planned work."
Landreth said weather and rainfall over Lake Murray's basin will determine how quickly the lake will rise. The spring rains will determine how rapidly the lake will return to the off-season 354-foot level.
"We have appreciated everyone's patience throughout this process," Landreth continued. "We understand that it has been an inconvenience, so we are glad that it will be behind us shortly."
Lake levels can be tracked at SCANA's Web site at www.scana.com.