Drought Watch

Posted on: July 22, 2023

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has declared a statewide drought watch. While not required, residents and businesses are encouraged to voluntarily conserve water by reducing their nonessential water use. Residents and businesses are encouraged to reduce their nonessential water use by 5–10 percent. Examples of ways to use less water are:

• Run the dishwasher and washing machine less often, and only with full loads.
• Don’t let the faucet run while brushing your teeth or shaving, and/or take shorter showers.
• Water your lawn only if necessary.
• Water your garden less often. If necessary, water only in the cooler evening or morning hours, and direct the water to the ground at the base of the plant. Focus on new plantings, which have shallow root systems. Older plants may endure dry conditions longer.
• Skip the car washing. If you have to wash your car, it’s better environmentally to go to a drive-through car wash that recycles the water.
• Sweep your sidewalk, deck, or driveway, instead of hosing it off.
• Check for and repair household leaks. For example, a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water daily.

As there is no emergency status at this time, there is no risk of running out of drinking water. The next Commonwealth Drought Task Force meeting is scheduled for July 6. Any new updates will be provided then. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.