The state Department of Environmental Protection announced that it is lifting a statewide drought watch for 47 counties. The drought watch will remain in place for 20 counties.
The drought watch remains in place for the following counties: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Cameron, Chester Clarion, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Venango, and York Counties.
The drought watch is now lifted for Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and Wyoming counties.
While not required, residents and non-farm businesses in drought watch counties are encouraged to voluntarily conserve water by reducing their nonessential water use. For ideas on how residents and businesses can reduce water use, click here.
For more information, including daily drought status and a weekly list of public water suppliers requesting or requiring water use reduction, click here.