Assabet, Sudbury and Concord River watershed now a Level 1 - Mild Drought

Jan. 13, 2023: Through the month of December 2022, the majority of the state experienced drought improvements, and as a result, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rebecca Tepper today announced that conditions in the Northeast (our watershed) have improved to a Level 1 - Mild Drought. For the state to be completely out of the drought, which is a longer-term condition, Massachusetts will need to benefit from sustained rainfall for a few more months before the entire state is within Normal conditions.

“While it is great to see significant improvements throughout Massachusetts, it is critical that everyone practices indoor water conservation methods, particularly those residing and working within the Islands, Northeast, and Cape Cod Regions of the state,” said Secretary Tepper. “Through our ongoing collective efforts, water systems will return to normal and fully rebound faster, ensuring essential needs, such as for drinking water, fire suppression, and supporting habitats, will continue to be met.”

This declaration will remain in effect until the next declaration in February.

For Regions in Level 1 – Mild Drought
Residents and Businesses:

Toilets, faucets, and showers are more than 60% of indoor use. Make sure yours are WaterSense efficient;
Short- and Medium-Term Steps for Communities:
1. Establish a year-round water conservation program that includes public education and communication;
2. Provide timely information to local residents and businesses;
3. Check emergency inter-connections for water supply; and,
4. Develop or refine your local drought management plan using guidance outlined in the state Drought Management Plan.

We are seeing more drought as the changing climate brings a change in precipitation patterns.
These low flow conditions contribute to warmer water temperatures, lower dissolved oxygen, cyanobacteria blooms, invasive species growth, and even fish kills.

Download Mass Drought Flyer - Water Conservation Tips.

Tips on what you can do to conserve water.

Learn more at mass.gov/ma-drought-management