The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently determined that Mifflin and Union counties have been moved from “drought warning” to “drought watch,” while Carbon, Juniata, Monroe, and Schuykill counties have all been moved from “drought watch” to normal.
These declarations are determined based on four indicators: precipitation deficit, 30-day moving average stream flow, groundwater levels, and soil moisture. While none of Pennsylvania is now marked under “drought warning,” Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties are all under “drought watch.” The DEP recommends implementing some water conservation measures, such as:
- Running water only when necessary
- Shortening the amount of time you let the water run to warm up before you shower
- Running the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads
- Checking for household leaks. A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day!
- Replacing older appliances with high-efficiency, front-loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40 to 50 percent less energy
- Installing low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.