Parts of RI, Mass. in a severe drought

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — New information released this morning from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows far northern Rhode Island and northern Bristol County, Mass. are now in a severe drought, with most of the remainder of Southern New England in a moderate drought.

The last week provided a few opportunities for beneficial rain, including the half-inch of rain we picked up Tuesday morning. However, much of the region is still parched.

State officials are now asking citizens to make an effort to conserve water.

Kathleen Crawley, from the Rhode Island Water Resources Board, explained, “if you have a lawn, one inch a week is enough,” in terms of watering. Also, “try not to water in the middle of the day when you lose most of it to evaporation,” added Crawley.

Crawley, along with other environmental officials met on Thursday to discuss the lack of rain. Together, they officially recommended that the governor declare a drought advisory for Rhode Island.

An advisory is meant to raise awareness about water conservation.Watch WPRI Meterologist Pete Mangione’s full report on what this advisory means above. 

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