Please read below. We just received this message and wanted to pass along to all water users.
Earlier today, MDE released an official declaration of a drought warning for central Maryland. The affected counties are Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, and Montgomery Counties, except those areas served by the Baltimore City or WSSC public water systems. Western Maryland is still in a drought watch (Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties).
MDE is encouraging all Marylanders throughout the state to take voluntary steps to reduce their water use by 10%-15%. We are requesting that public water systems take steps to reduce water usage by increasing public awareness, contacting individual industrial users to reduce water usage, and discontinuing flushing water lines.
Our website has tips for water conservation for the general public, and for specialized users such as restaurants and commercial buildings.
We are moving to weekly drought monitoring at this time. Please check the MDE drought landing page for the most up to date monitoring report.