Bucks County Drought Watch

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in November 2016 declared a drought watch in 30 Pennsylvania counties including Bucks County. A significant rainfall deficit last year caused local groundwater and reservoir levels to drop.

As a result of the drought watch declaration, the DEP encouraged Doylestown Township residents to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 5%. The DEP suggests residents take the following steps to reduce water usage:

1) Run water only when necessary. Don’t let the faucet run while brushing your teeth or shaving.

2) Shorten the amount of time you let the water run to warm up before you shower.

3) Run the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.

4) Check for household leaks. A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day.

5) Replace older appliances with high-efficiency, front-loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40 to 50 percent less energy.

6) Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.

For more information on the drought please contact the Doylestown Township Municipal Authority or visit:

http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Water/PlanningConservation/Drought/Pages/default.aspx

Updated: December 2016

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