Governor Charlie Baker has urged the public to restrict water use as officials extend support to farmers whose crops have been damaged by the withering conditions.
Massachusetts is in its worst drought in over a decade, and areas of “extreme drought” have extended across the northeast area of the state. Before last week, officials had not declared an extreme drought in Massachusetts since the Drought Monitor began its surveys in 1999.
The extreme conditions have damaged the state’s agriculture and overall economy and require a broad, collective response, Baker said.
So be conscious of your water use and try to minimize it – shorten your showers, don’t leave the faucet running, etc.