This year, Westchester experienced its 24 driest July of the last 128 years, and is so far experiencing the 42n driest year of the last 128 years, with 2.13 fewer inches of rain. 100% of Westchester County is presently experiencing a ‘moderate’ drought, while 83% of the County is experiencing ‘severe drought’, as defined by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Severe drought signals a decrease in air quality, damage to specialty crops yield and fruit size, and an increase in the likelihood of wildfires.
The County’s Water Districts are required to maintain emergency supply plans that are reviewed and updated by the Department of Health every 5 years. Areas south of I-287 generally rely on reservoir water or “surface water”. Areas north of I-287 predominately rely on well water. Water Districts and relevant companies monitor the levels of well water. If a shortage in water supply appears to be developing with the well system, the Westchester County Department of Health will be notified and provide an update if this does occur.
In light of the drought, County Executive Latimer is asking encouraging adoption of the following voluntary action steps: