Oneida, Herkimer counties under drought watch

Associated Press

A drought watch has been issued in four New York regions, including part of the Mohawk Valley.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 4:58 PM
Updated: Jul 28, 2020 5:08 PM

A drought watch has been issued in four New York regions, including parts of the Mohawk Valley.

The advisories are in place in Long Island, the Upper Hudson/Mohawk area, the Adirondacks, and the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence area. This includes Herkimer and Oneida counties.

"I am encouraging all New Yorkers under local water restrictions to pitch in and take steps to conserve water whenever possible until the advisory is lifted to help prevent a more severe shortage,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

While there are no statewide water restrictions at this time, officials are encouraging residents to voluntarily make an effort to conserve water if they live in an area under the drought watch.

Limiting water usage can be done inside and outside the home, in the following ways:

  • Fix dripping and leaking faucets and toilets.
  • Raise lawn mower cutting height, since longer grass needs less water.
  • Water lawns and gardens less frequently, instead of every day.
  • Update automatic lawn watering system schedules to only turn on when needed.
  • Sweep sidewalks and steps rather than hosing them.

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