California may be making all of the headlines when it comes to the topic of drought, but it is not the only part of the U.S. suffering from lack of water—this week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it is maintaining a drought watch for 27 of the state’s 67 counties.
According to a press release, the affected counties have below-average levels of groundwater and/or surface water due to lower-than-normal precipitation levels last fall and winter. DEP provided a list of recommendations for residents on ways to save water, including checking for leaks, running dishwashers and washing machines only with a full load, and planting native plants that require less water.
A drought watch is the least severe of the state’s drought classifications, calling for a 5% reduction in non-essential water use. Nonetheless, it serves as a good reminder that we should not wait until the situation becomes dire before implementing water efficiency and conservation practices—especially checking for leaks and installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances.