Friday, October 20, 2023

DEP Drought Update: York Remains In Drought Warning; 14 Counties Remain In Drought Watch; 6 Counties Return To Normal

On October 20, the Department of Environmental Protection announced, after a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, that York County remains in Drought Warning, 14 counties remain in Drought Watch and six counties have returned to normal.

York County will continue to be in Drought Warning to support the efforts of water suppliers and their customers to conserve water.

Adams, Bucks, Cameron, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, Northampton, and Perry counties remain on Drought Watch.

Clinton County will return to Drought Watch. Lock Haven City Authority and Suburban Lock Haven Water Authority in Clinton County are currently experiencing supply issues and have requested customers to reduce their water usage where possible.

Drought Watch has been lifted for Berks, Chester, Clarion, Fayette, Lehigh, and Venango counties.

In addition to the multiple public water suppliers implementing voluntary or mandatory water conservation, we see lingering year-to-date precipitation deficits and a handful of groundwater wells that have not fully recovered.

Residents on drought watch are asked to reduce their individual water use by 5 to 10 percent, or a reduction of three to six gallons of water per day. Residents on drought warning are asked to reduce their individual water use by 10 to 15 percent, or a reduction of six to nine gallons of water per day.

Varying localized conditions may lead water suppliers or municipalities to ask residents for more stringent conservation actions. 

See the list of public water suppliers that have requested or mandated water conservation in their communities.

For more information, visit DEP's Drought webpage.

Click Here for the complete announcement.

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[Posted: October 20, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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