Drought still impacting many Western Massachusetts communities

More than half of Massachusetts is still considered to be in an extreme drought.

 

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP)- Nearly the entire state is still experiencing a drought.

But there’s a new trend.

For the last two weeks, the drought hasn’t gotten any worse. Still, residents are desperately trying to keep their grass and plants alive.

“It’s been more of a pain moving sprinklers, running them on my lawn, pretty much been using them 4 times as much as usual,” said Roger Kuneyl of Palmer.

The drought has damaged farmer’s crops, sparked wildfires, and been an inconvenience for home-owners in certain towns.

Several communities in Hampshire county still have water use restrictions that are in effect, including Northampton. You can be fined one hundred dollars for violating the Northampton water ban, and two hundred dollars every time after. It’s been in place since June.

Donna Lascaleia, Director of the Northampton Department of Public Works told 22News,”These are really atypical conditions. Our main water supply is down over 200 million gallons right now we’re about 71 percent capacity which is why we will continue with our water restriction.”

Lescaleia said they imposed the restriction to try and sustain the city’s water supply long-term. Easthampton, Hatfield, and Amherst all have water-use restrictions as well.

Northampton needs some significant rain in order for the DPW to consider lifting the water restriction.