Map: Amid Bad Drought, These Mass. Towns Have Imposed Water Restrictions
More than 70 percent of Massachusetts is experiencing "severe drought" conditions, with 17 percent of the state in "extreme drought," according to the latest weekly update from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The organization estimates nearly 6.5 million Massachusetts residents are living in drought areas.
As a result, more than half of the cities and towns in the state have imposed some type of water restriction. Take a look at this map to see if your town has issued a restriction, and if so, what type:
Note the restrictions included on the map are current as of Aug. 25.
According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, outdoor water use restrictions "generally restrict nonessential outdoor watering; this includes activities such as watering your lawn."
The department adds: "To find out why a community has enacted a non-essential water use restriction and the details of those restrictions, please contact your local water supplier or local government."
To get out of the drought situation, the state would need several months of above-average rain, says WBUR meteorologist David Epstein. However, that is unlikely to happen soon, with a very warm and dry September on the way.
Boston's had 3.92 inches of rain since June — making it one of the driest summers on record in Greater Boston.