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Posted on Nov 9, 2016 in Updates



DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, announced revised drought declarations on November 3, 2016.  Please consult the list below and review and update your Drought Contingency Plan (DCP), if necessary, to account for any changes in your sources or the demands on your system.

Drought Status

The following is the list of Pennsylvania counties and their current drought declaration status:

Drought Warning:

Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, and Northampton.

Drought Watch:

Adams, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Center, Chester, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Mifflin, Montgomery, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Union, Wayne and York.

Normal Status:

Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Potter, Somerset, Susquehanna, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland, and Wyoming.

Data from the Commonwealth drought monitoring network show that dry conditions persisting in the middle of the state and lack of precipitation in the eastern part of the state have deepened precipitation deficits, resulting in extremely low stream flow and groundwater levels, particularly in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding area in the Delaware River Basin.

Recommended Water Use Reductions:

Drought watch: Seek 5 percent reduction through voluntary conservation measures.

Drought warning: Seek 10-15 percent reductions through voluntary measures.