CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia homeowners have a choice when it comes to the drought -- keep hosing down the lawn and garden and get a higher water bill, or just hope it rains.
Parts of the state haven't received significant rainfall since early May, leaving many counties in the worst drought conditions in at least eight years.
For many people, it's tough to keep up with the yard work, but at least the tap water isn't in short supply.
West Virginia water companies say there's plenty to go around as the demand goes up during the summer months, even during this year's drought.
The state's largest supplier, West Virginia-American Water, has nine treatment plants across the state. Company spokeswoman Kim Corbin says residents used six percent more water in May compared with a year ago.
There has been no call for water rationing in rural areas and smaller cities either.
Debbie Britt is executive director of the West Virginia Rural Water Association. She says public service districts across the state are holding their own.