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Thursday, July 19, 2012

DEP Declares Drought Watch for Western Pennsylvania Counties

DEP Declares Drought Watch for Western Pennsylvania Counties
HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection today issued a drought watch for 15 Western Pennsylvania counties.
  
“A hot, dry summer made it necessary to take this first step of declaring a drought watch in the affected counties,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “This measure will alert the public and water suppliers that there are voluntary, common-sense ways to conserve.”

A drought watch declaration is the first and least severe level of the state’s three drought classifications. It calls for a voluntary five percent reduction in nonessential water use and puts large water consumers on notice to begin planning for the possibility of reduced water supplies.

The 15 counties under the drought watch issued today are Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren and Washington.

Precipitation deficits over the past 90 days are as great as 5.5 inches below normal in Beaver County and 4.9 inches below normal in Lawrence and Mercer counties.

DEP is notifying all water suppliers in the affected areas of the need to monitor their supplies and update their drought contingency plans as necessary.

9 comments :

Anonymous said...

Its a good thing we've wasted hundreds of millions of gallons that can never be used again so we can drill some holes in the ground though. At least they got what they wanted

Anonymous said...

Oh give it a break. That water wasn't taken out of the drinking water reservoirs. It was mostly taken out of streams and rivers that would have dried up in this drought anyway.

Anonymous said...

Hey 5:56,

Do you even have a clue where most drinking water supplies come from or anything about the water cycle?

I think you should give it a break and read a book.

Anonymous said...

I've SEEN them filling up with water from our town's drinking water reserves. Not to mention exactly what 6:28 said.

Anonymous said...

Niether do you bucko so you go read a book. Mr. Know-it-all

Anonymous said...

Why don't you pile on the people who water their cute lawns or golf courses sucking up millions of gallons of precious water every day...

Do those complaining do their part by not flushing their toilets?

Get a life!

Anonymous said...

Hey 5:36-

To insinuate the water taken last year out of the river had anything to do with the drought THIS YEAR, shows how truly ignorant you are. Must suck to be stupid...

Anonymous said...

gosh this is making me thirsty!

Anonymous said...

I dug a huge systern in my back yard that hold rainwater, that sucker must hold 2 to 2.5 million gallons. I only use it to water my lawn and wash my car. Since it hasn't rained It's quite low so I went out a few days ago to do a raindance called the Hucklebuck.

Now it's filled back up again. I also went to the gaswell sights where water was needed and did the hucklebuck only charging them a few dollars for the rainwater that fell.

If you think that makes sense then you must agree with the previous posts.