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Drought Warning for Bucks, Montco, and Philadelphia

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a drought warning for 24 counties – including three in our area — and has placed the rest of the state on drought “watch” status.

KYW’s Tony Romeo reports Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia are among 24 Pennsylvania counties that have been placed under a drought warning. The rest of the state is now under a drought watch. Tom Rathbun is a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection.:

“A drought watch asks people to voluntarily reduce their water use by 5%. A drought warning asks residents to reduce their water use – voluntarily – by 10 to 15%.”

Rathbun says among the driest areas of the state is Bucks County, where rainfall was five and a half inches below normal as of earlier this week. The highest level of advisory is a drought emergency, which usually carries mandatory water reductions, but no Pennsylvania counties are under a drought emergency yet.