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Posted on: September 2, 2022

U.S. Drought Monitor: EH in Elevated Drought Status

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Suffolk County and most of NY Downstate region under federal ‘elevated drought’ status

Suffolk County Water Authority reiterates call for customers to halt non-essential water uses, and stop watering lawns between midnight and 7 a.m., when the water delivery infrastructure is pushed to its limits due to scheduled irrigation

This week, the U.S. Drought Monitor declared all of Suffolk to be in an ‘elevated drought’ status, following the fourth driest August on record, and the driest August since 2005. 

After declaring a ‘Stage 1 Water Emergency’ in East Hampton and other East End towns early last month, the Suffolk County Water Authority has now extended the emergency declaration throughout its entire service area. Water Authority customers had been asked to curtail water usage to reduce demands on the water supply infrastructure system, in order to insure sufficient water for firefighting or other emergency purposes. 

Water Authority customers should refrain from any irrigation between midnight and 7 a.m. and reduce shower times and nonessential water usage. 

In addition to compliance with the Suffolk County Water Authority guidelines by customers hooked up to ‘public water’, all East Hampton residents are urged to be aware of their water usage during this time. 

Read the Suffolk County Water Authority's September 1 press release: /DocumentCenter/View/14207/WaterEmergencyExtensionRelease-004

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