Parts of Western Massachusetts are in the middle of a mild drought according to state officials.
Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared a Level 1 – Mild Drought in the Connecticut River Valley Region and a Level 0-Normal conditions in all other regions.
In addition, elevated drying conditions are being noticed in sub-regional areas such as the Deerfield, Housatonic,
Officials say that they will monitor reservoirs throughout the state.
“Even with recent rain events occurring throughout Massachusetts, the Baker-Polito Administration continues to closely monitor below normal dry conditions that the state has experienced over the course of several months,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides.
“It is important that residents and businesses practice water conservation methods to be prepare for, and effectively minimize, the impacts of a potential long-term drought.”
The Secretary is advising that you minimize overall water use.
Reduce outdoor watering to no more than one day per week and before 9:00am or after 5:00pm; and
Limit watering with a handheld hose to before 9:00am or after 5:00pm.
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