This past summer was a hot and dry one! Due to the lack of rain, state officials have responded to the drought by urging residents to limit their water usage. Massachusetts officials have offered assistance to struggling farms to prevent any decline in local agriculture. Officials also want to ensure that every town in Massachusetts has a plan in place to provide enough water for firefighting and public safety purposes. Governor Charlie Baker recently said, “With much of Massachusetts continuing to experience extremely dry conditions, I am asking the public to administer best water conservation practices for the foreseeable future. By minimizing water use, especially while outside, we will collectively take crucial steps necessary to enable groundwater and reservoirs to rebound quicker as we work together to manage and reduce the effects of a statewide drought.” The Governor urged individuals to check with their city or town officials to find out which local restrictions are in place as they can vary from community to community. “The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with other state agencies and cities and town to ensure that all local needs can be met if the drought condition worsens” stated Public Safety Secretary Dan Bennett. With all of these warnings from public officials, here are some quick tips for conserving water! – Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing your hands. – Fix any leaks in faucets or plumbing – Take a shorter shower – Head to a car wash that recycles water – Only run your dishwasher or washing machine when each is completely full Along with ensuring that residents are aware of water conservation, Baker’s administration wants the public to know the dangers of the dry conditions. With these conditions, the administration wants people to be extremely careful when using grills, matches, candles or open flames outdoors, as well as to making sure that smoking materials are properly disposed of. As summer draws to an end, officials are hopeful that the fall will bring much-needed rainfall to the dry towns and cities across Massachusetts. For more information on water conservation, visit the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s drought management page and the Massachusetts Department of Water Conversation Page.