Most of Central PA remains in Drought Watch or Warning

04 December 2023- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today after a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force that drought watch will continue for 13 counties. Westmoreland County is also being added to the drought watch list. Clinton County has been moved to drought warning.

Adams, Bucks, Cameron, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, Northampton, and Perry counties remain in drought watch. York County will remain in drought warning. The decision to move Westmoreland County to drought watch and Clinton County to drought warning will support the efforts of water suppliers and their customers to conserve water.

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

Residents on drought warning are asked to reduce their individual water use by 10 to 15%, or a reduction of six to nine gallons of water per day.

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.