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Due to the ongoing dry conditions throughout the Northeast, the government’s National Drought Monitor recently identified that a portion of eight states, including Massachusetts were identified as moderate drought areas. The forecast of high temperatures and a possibility of some rain for the upcoming week may not end the dry conditions according to forecasters.

Recently areas of Cape Cod and Rhode Island were prohibited from outdoor fires.

Massachusetts Drought Management Plan outlines the responsibilities of various state and federal agencies, the lines of communications and general sequence of actions to be used based on the severity of a drought situation. However, any public water supplier may petition the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a declaration of a state of water supply emergency pursuant to M.G.L. c. 21G, §§ 15 through 17, and in accordance with 310 CMR 36.40 through 36.42.

In declaring a state of water supply emergency, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) shall limit the applicability of the state of water supply emergency to the city or town submitting the petition or the geographical area served by the public water supplier submitting the petition.

If the need does arise for water saving measures, various solutions for minimizing consumption can be found in Tips for Saving Water Indoors and Outdoors.

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