Drought Prompts Voluntary Water Reductions Across 33 Pennsylvania Counties

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With many areas well below average as far as rainfall over the past several months, the PA Department of Environmental Protection has issued drought watches and warnings for 33 counties across the state. This means voluntary reductions of non-essential water are in place. Yes, this is Pennsylvania we’re talking about, not California. Below is a map of drought watches and warnings in Pennsylvania.


Residents of all counties in the drought watch (yellow) are suggested to limit their water usage to 95% of normal. This includes Allentown, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Williamsport, State College, Altoona, Wellsboro, Bradford, St. Marys, New Castle, and Mercer along with surrounding areas. Residents of Potter County are in a drought warning (red) and are suggested to limit their water usage to 85-90% of normal.

Be sure to turn off the sprinkler at night, turn off the water when brushing your teeth, and do not take a very long shower if not needed. Of course there are many more ways to limit water usage.

Remember to share this post with your family and friends especially if you live in the affected areas! For many more weather updates be sure to like Pennsylvania Weather Action of facebook by clicking here!

Hello, my name is Josh Adams. This year I am a junior in high school in South Central PA. I have had a passion for weather since I was five or six years old, watching the Weather Channel when the average kid my age was watching cartoons. At age 11, I discovered that there is a significant amount of weather info online from knowledgeable meteorologists to weather models and everything in between. I had the privilege to take part in a group that held informational weather discussions nearly everyday. I gained a significant amount of knowledge in several months back in 2012, constantly studying meteorology for hours each and just about every day. I created Northeast Weather Action in early 2013, just after the previous winter had ended. Things were pretty slow to start, however the winter of 2013-2014 greatly helped grow the page. Several of my forecasts verified nicely across the area. I met Chris during that winter in a facebook group, and we talked often about anticipated weather events. Just before the start of the 2014-2015 Winter, I added Chris to Northeast Weather Action (now Pennsylvania Weather Action), and once again we hit several key forecasts. Chris and I are looking forward to giving you the most up to date and reliable forecasts!

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