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.
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