PA’s DEP Declares Statewide Drought Watch

June 23, 2023

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced a statewide drought watch. The declaration comes from prolonged rainfall deficits and declining water levels, prompting officials to encourage residents and businesses to conserve water voluntarily. To mitigate potential future impacts on water supplies, The DEP encourages a 5-10 percent reduction in nonessential water usage.

Here are some examples of how you can help reduce water consumption:

  • Use dishwashers and washing machines only when they have full loads.
  • Avoid letting faucets run while brushing teeth or shaving, and consider shorter showers or skipping daily hair washing.
  • Limit lawn watering to necessary periods and avoid windy and hot days. Water grass lightly and efficiently to encourage healthier roots.
  • Set lawnmower blades 2-3 inches high to promote moisture retention in the soil.
  • Water gardens less frequently, focusing on new plantings with shallow root systems. Water in the cooler morning or evening hours and direct the water at the base of the plant.
  • Utilize drive-through car washes that recycle water instead of washing cars at home.
  • Sweep sidewalks, decks, and driveways instead of using water for cleaning.
  • Regularly check and repair household leaks, as they can waste significant amounts of water.
  • Consider setting up a rain barrel to collect water for watering plants or other purposes.

You can read the DEP’s full press release here.

Last modified: June 27, 2023

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