DEP Declares Drought Watch for Northampton County
As a result of recent rain and snow, the PADEP has reduced Northampton County from a Drought Warning to a Drought Watch.
A drought watch is the least severe of the three drought declarations. It calls for a voluntary 5 percent reduction in non-essential water use.
DEP recommends the following ways to reduce water use:
- Run water only when necessary. Avoid running the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving, or letting the shower run for several minutes before use;
- Check for household leaks. A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day!
- Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads.
- Replace older appliances with high-efficiency, front-loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40 to 50 percent less energy.
- Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.
Varying conditions under drought watch and warnings may dictate individual water suppliers or municipalities asking for more stringent conservation actions. DEP is notifying all water suppliers in the affected areas of the need to monitor their supplies and update their drought contingency plans as necessary.
DEP is also looking at new and innovative ways to improve the management of the state’s water resources.
If you would like to report a problem with your water, please contact our office at 610-258-7181.