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State Declares Burlington Area Now in a Level-3 Critical Drought

The severity of the drought the Burlington area is facing has been raised by the state. 

According to a post by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Drought Management Task Force, the Central and Northeast sections of the state are now in a Level-3 Critical Drought, up from a Level 2-Significant Drought. 

According to the release, Both Level 2 and Level 3 droughts call for the convening of an inter-agency Mission Group, which has already been convened, to more closely coordinate on drought assessments, impacts and response within the government. The declarations were the result of recommendations made by the state’s Drought Management Task Force, which is composed of state and federal officials, and other entities. The taskforce will continue to meet until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.

The agencies added that based on current circumstances and predicted rainfalls, the severity of the situation could intensify and continued mitigation efforts must be adhered to by municipalities, residents and businesses. 

“As the summer continues and low precipitation couples with high temperatures, it is incredibly important that outdoor watering be limited, coupled with the planting of drought tolerant plants to further reduce the strain on local water systems,” they state. “Drought-like conditions can also be detrimental to delicate habitats and ecosystems, and can directly impact outdoor recreational opportunities. EEA urges residents and businesses to continue to be extremely mindful of their overall water use, select only native and drought resistant plants for new plantings, and particularly in Level 3 Critical drought areas to halt all non-essential water use. 

Other water conservation tips include:

  • Address leaks as soon as possible;
  • Conduct water audits on larger buildings and businesses to identify leaks and potential water conservation opportunities;
  • Minimize the size of where lawns are watered; and,
  • Harvest rainwater for outdoor watering.