Drought Watch Now In Effect Across Northcentral Region

Potter County Today

DEP has issued a statewide drought alert as a result of hot, dry summer weather and precipitation deficits. Low ground and surface water levels have prompted a notice to water suppliers, industry and the public. A drought watch, now in effect for Potter, Cameron, McKean, Tioga and Elk counties, calls for a voluntary five-percent reduction in non-essential water use, and puts large water consumers on notice to begin planning for the possibility of reduced water supplies.

DEP monitors a statewide network of groundwater wells and stream gauges. The agency also monitors soil moisture and water supply storage. DEP offers water conservation recommendations for commercial and industrial users, such as food processors, hotels and motels, schools and colleges, as well as water audit procedures for large water customers. Water conservation tips and drought information can be found online at www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: drought.

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