Assabet, Sudbury and Concord River watershed upgraded to Mild Drought

Nov 14, 2022: Because of recent significant rainfall, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Bethany Card announced that "many of the Commonwealth’s water systems are starting to rebound from long term drought. While this is largely good news, portions of the state, such as the Merrimack River, Parker, and Ipswich River basins and the Islands Region, continue to lag behind, so we ask that everyone continue to practice household water conservation as we move into the winter season.”

The Northeast (our watershed) has been upgraded to Level 1-Mild Drought.

For Region in Level 1 - Mild Drought
Residents and Businesses:

• Toilets, faucets and showers are more than 60% of indoor use. Make sure yours are WaterSense efficient;
• Limit outdoor watering to 1 day a week (only from 5:00PM – 9:00AM), or less frequently if required by your water supplier; and,
• Switch to more drought-tolerant plants.

Short- and Medium-Term Steps for Communities:
• Establish a year-round water conservation program that includes public education and communication;
• Provide timely information to local residents and businesses;
• Check emergency inter-connections for water supply; and,
• Develop a local drought management plan.

We are seeing more drought as the changing climate brings a change in precipitation patterns.
These low flow conditions contribute to warmer water temperatures, lower dissolved oxygen, cyanobacteria blooms, invasive species growth, and even fish kills.

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