Williamsport, Pa. – "Thousands have lived without love, not one without water," is the insightful statement that concludes the famous poem, First Things First, by W.H. Auden. Auden's eloquence rings especially true for five counties that are under a drought watch in north central Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has placed Tioga county, Lycoming county, Clinton county, and Centre country on a "Drought Watch" after a lack of summer rain has led to an unprecedented water shortage in the areas. Additionally, Potter county has been placed on a "Drought Warning" due to a shortage of water in the area.
Counties under a "Drought Watch" are asked to reduce their water consumption by 5-10% which amounts to 6 gallons a day per person.
Residents in Potter county, since it is under a "Drought Warning," are asked to reduce their water consumption by 10-15% or about 6-9 gallons a day per person.
The DEP has a few simple tips for reducing water consumption: