Drought watch lifted for Franklin, Fulton, Adams counties

07 March 2024- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced after a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force that drought watch/warning will be lifted for the last remaining 8 counties.

Adams, Cameron, Clinton, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Westmoreland and York counties have returned to Normal status.

Pennsylvania has received adequate precipitation over the past 6 months to return many of the drought indicators to normal and reduce long-term precipitation deficits. In addition, Public Water Suppliers have begun to lift the restrictions they put in place last summer and fall as they see their sources of supply recover.

For a map of drought declarations updated daily, see the DEP drought web page.

Varying localized conditions may lead water suppliers or municipalities to ask residents for more stringent conservation actions. See the list of public water suppliers that have requested or mandated water conservation in their communities.

Ways to Conserve Water at Home

  • Run the dishwasher and washing machine less often, and only with full loads.
  • Shorten the time you let the water run to warm up before showering and take shorter showers. The shower and toilet are the two biggest indoor water guzzlers.
  • Check for and repair household leaks. For example, a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water daily.
  • Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.
  • Replace older appliances with high-efficiency, front-loading models that use about 30% less water and 40-50% less energy.