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Posted on: July 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Drought Watch in Effect for Long Island


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the State has issued a Drought Watch for four regions of New York, including Long Island. A "watch" is the first of four levels of state drought advisories ("watch," "warning," "emergency," and "disaster"). There are no statewide mandatory water use restrictions in place under a drought watch or warning, but citizens are strongly encouraged to voluntarily conserve water.

Conservation tips for homeowners to reduce outdoor water usage include: 

  • Fix dripping and leaking faucets and toilets. A faucet leaking 30 drops per minute wastes 54 gallons a month; 
  • Raise lawn mower cutting height. Longer grass needs less water; 
  • If the community allows watering, water lawns and gardens on alternate mornings instead of every day. Less frequent watering will develop grass with deeper roots, and early morning watering minimizes evaporation; 
  • When using automatic lawn watering systems, override the system in wet weather or use a rain gauge to control when and how much water to use. A fixed watering schedule wastes water. Irrigate only when needed to save water and improve the lawn’s health;
  • Sweep sidewalks and steps rather than hosing them. Eliminating a weekly, five-minute pavement hose-down could save between 625 and 2,500 gallons of water per year depending on the flow rate.   

For more water saving tips, visit DEC’s webpage at  

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