Department of Environmental Protection issues drought warnings and watches across PA


HARRISBURG Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued drought warnings to three counties and out 29 others on drought watch.

The three counties put on drought warning are Clinton, McKean, and Potter, all of which are central to northern Pennsylvania.

The 29 counties put on drought watch are spread throughout the state and include Armstrong, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Cumberland, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Warren, and Wyoming counties.

When a county is put into drought watch or warning, citizens are requested to reduce the amount of water they use on a daily basis.

A drought warning warrants a 10-15% reduction in water usage, while a watch calls for a 5-10% reduction.

“It's going to take a lot of precipitation to get us out of these deficits over time,” DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell said. “We are asking residents in these counties to use water wisely and follow simple water conservation tips to ease the demand for water.”

DEP has also notified the water suppliers in these counties to urge the need to monitor their supplies and update their drought contingency plans as necessary.

No drought emergency has been declared for any county.

For more information, visit the DEP website.

And for water saving tips and advise, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website.