Cape and Islands Remain Under Drought Advisory, Conditions Improving Statewide

BARNSTABLE – The Cape and the Islands remain under a Drought Advisory, according to the latest drought monitoring update by state officials.

The Drought Management Task Force reports conditions are improving statewide, but many portions of Massachusetts remain in a water deficit.

The Drought Advisory is unchanged from last month for the Cape and the Islands.

The Southeast region, including Plymouth and Bristol Counties, is under a Drought Watch, down from a Drought Warning last month.

“While we remain cautiously optimistic of recent rain events, the Commonwealth is still in the midst of a long-termdrought, which has resulted in a precipitation deficit over the course of more than two years,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.“The Baker-Polito Administration asks that the public continues to monitor indoor home water usage by fixing leaks in their system and practicing best water conservation methods in order to allow the state’s water systems to further rebound.”

“Droughtconditions across the Commonwealth improved over the past month as a result of precipitation and the public’s water conservation efforts. Nonetheless, thedroughtpersists and it remains critical that the public continues to conserve water,”said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz. “Additionally, with spring and summer fast approaching, and the likelihood ofdroughtconditions continuing for the foreseeable future, now is the time to plan for, and implement outdoor water conservation measures to offset the expected seasonal increase in the demand for water to support recreational and agricultural activities.”

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