Massachusetts Drought Alert!

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has declared a Level 2-Significant Drought in the Northeast and Southeast Regions of the Commonwealth, which includes Woburn.

The current drought status is due to over three months of below normal rainfall.  The last declared drought was from January-August of 2021.  As drought conditions worsen and we are in the growing season, it is important for residents and businesses to be mindful of their water use and conserve water both outdoors and indoors, fix leaks, and for communities to prepare for long-term resiliency to droughts.  For more information please visit the Massachusetts Drought Status web page.

What Can You Do?

  • Be mindful of your water use
  • Small steps like turning off the water while you brush your teeth or shave can make a difference
  • Handwashing dishes uses more water than a dishwasher, but try to let that dishwasher fill up before you run it.
  • Check for leaky faucets, hose spigots, toilets and tubs.
  • Install water-conserving showerheads, toilets and faucets when doing renovations
  • Take shorter showers
  • Check your sprinklers to make sure they’re not spraying on the sidewalk or street instead of the grass
  • Don’t over-water your landscaping
  • Use mulch in planting beds to reduce soil evaporation.
  • Cut your grass a little higher
  • Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater for landscape watering, rather than using a hose.
  • For more ideas, visit our Water Conservation page!