Drought Watch Issued for 21 New York Counties – NBC New York

What to know

  • Governor Kathy Hochul has ordered the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to issue a drought watch for 21 counties after dry conditions over the lack of sufficient rain.
  • The counties affected by drought are Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genessee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Suffolk, Tompkins, Wyoming and Yates.
  • New York is encouraging residents of affected counties to conserve water in the coming weeks.

Governor Kathy Hochul has ordered the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to issue a drought watch for 21 counties after dry conditions over the lack of sufficient rain.

The counties affected by drought are Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genessee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Suffolk, Tompkins, Wyoming and Yates.

“Recent rains across the state were not enough to address the dry conditions that persisted this year,” Hochul said. “Local water restrictions and educating residents on how they can help conserve our water resources will be critical steps to help prevent a more serious shortage as conditions deteriorate.”

New York is encouraging residents of affected counties to conserve water in the coming weeks.

“Water conservation is important all year round, but especially during extended dry spells such as we are experiencing now,” said Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. “DEC will continue to monitor water conditions over the summer and work with our partners to address the short-term water issues that led to this watch and the long-term impacts of climate change on our daily lives.”

According to the state, the below-normal rain of the past three months, low flows and low groundwater levels led to Hochul’s action.

The National Weather Service forecast predicts above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation for the rest of the summer, the state said.

New York recommends the following tips for saving water:

  • Water lawns only when necessary and choose irrigation methods that avoid waste. Try to water early in the morning to reduce evaporation and maximize soil hydration;
  • Reuse water collected in rain barrels, dehumidifiers or air conditioners to water plants;
  • Increase the cutting height of the lawnmower, as grass that is taller tends to be healthier, has stronger roots and needs less water;
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks; and
  • Repair leaking pipes, hoses and faucets.
  • For more water-saving tips, visit DEC’s website.

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