Drought Status

Water Conservation Tips

 

Cambridge Water System - Current Drought Status

 

July 2021

The Cambridge drought level remains at a Level 0 – Normal Condition.

The Water Department will continue to monitor the meetings of the Drought Management Task Force for any changes in Cambridge’s drought status.  

Although the drought level is Normal Condition in our region of the State, the Cambridge Water Department strongly recommends practicing the following water conservation tips:
• Stop or minimize all outdoor watering;
• Look and listen to see if you have any water leaking, checking toilets often;
• Never let water run while doing dishes, brushing teeth, or washing hands;
• Flush toilets only when needed.

To view the current drought status map, please follow this link: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought-status

 

May 2021

The Cambridge drought level has returned to Level 0 – Normal Condition

Following normal or above normal rainfall, leading to the recovery of all indices, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides has declared a Level 0 – Normal Conditions in the Northeast (Cambridge) and Southeast Regions of the Commonwealth while the rest of the State remain in a Level 1 – Mild Drought Condition.  The declaration is the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state and federal officials, and other entities.

 

April 2021

The Cambridge drought level has returned to Level 1-Mild Drought.

With precipitation, streamflow, and groundwater below normal as the state enters the spring season, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared a Level 1-Mild Drought in the Western, CT River Valley, Central, Northeast, and Cape Cod Regions.  In January 2021, the Cambridge drought level had been returned Level 0 – Normal Condition.   The declarations were the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state and federal officials, and other entities.

 

February 10, 2021

The Cambridge drought level has returned Level 0 – Normal Condition

Following almost three months of normal or above normal rainfall, leading to the recovery of all indices, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides today declared an end to the drought in the Commonwealth and a Level 0 – Normal Condition in all seven regions of the state - Western, Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, Southeast, Cape Cod and Islands regions. All seven regions were experiencing Level 1-Mild Drought conditions last month. The declarations were the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state and federal officials, and other entities.

To View the Latest drought update from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, please click this link

December 7, 2020

The Cambridge drought level continues to be Level 1 - mild drought level.

Following increased amounts of rainfall through the month of November, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides today declared that drought conditions continue to improve or hold steady across the Commonwealth, with all seven regions of the state currently in a Level 1-Mild Drought. In the Southeast and Cape Cod Regions, conditions moved to a Level 1-Mild Drought after experiencing Level 2-Significant Drought conditions last month. In the Western, Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeastern, and Islands regions, conditions remained at a Level 1-Mild Drought, unchanged from last month’s declaration. Additionally, conditions improved in the Nashua River basin, which is now experiencing Level 1-Mild Drought conditions in line with the Central Region. A Level 1-Mild Drought, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan, warrants detailed monitoring of drought conditions, close coordination among state and federal agencies, and technical outreach and assistance for the affected municipalities. 

The drought was originally declared during the summer and continued to worsen.  The significant drought conditions require close coordination among local, state, and federal agencies, with a significant emphasis on water conservation and more stringent watering restrictions. Although the drought level remains the same, Cambridge Water Department strongly recommends practicing the following water conservation tips:
• Stop or minimize all outdoor watering;
• Look and listen to see if you have any water leaking, checking toilets often;
• Never let water run while doing dishes, brushing teeth, or washing hands;
• Flush toilets only when needed.
To view the current drought status map, please follow this link: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/current-drought-status

To View the December drought update from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, please click this link

November 9, 2020

Cambridge drought level has been reduced to a Level 1 – Mild Drought from a Level 3 – Critical Drought.

Following relatively higher amounts of rainfall in the final weeks of October, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides today declared that drought conditions have improved in most regions of the Commonwealth. In the Western, Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeastern, and Islands regions, conditions improved to a Level 1-Mild Drought. In the Southeast Region, conditions moved to a Level 2-Signficiant Drought after experiencing Level 3-Critical Drought conditions last month. The Cape Cod Region remains at a Level 2-Significant Drought, unchanged from last month’s declaration. Additionally, conditions improved in the Charles and Millers River basins, which are now in a Level 1-Mild Drought in line with their regions after experiencing Level 3-Critical Drought conditions last month. Responding to worsening conditions in the Nashua River basin, Secretary Theoharides declared a Level 2-Significant Drought in the watershed.

October 9, 2020

Due to five months of below average rainfall the Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary has declared a Level 3 – Critical Drought in the Southeast Region as well as the Charles and Millers River basins of Massachusetts. The remainder of the state remains in a Level 2 Severe Drought condition.  The drought was originally declared during the summer and has continued to worsen.  The significant drought conditions require close coordination among local, state, and federal agencies, with a significant emphasis on water conservation and more stringent watering restrictions. Cambridge Water Department strongly recommends practicing the following water conservation tips:

  • Stop or minimize all outdoor watering;
  • Look and listen to see if you have any water leaking, checking toilets often;
  • Never let water run while doing dishes, brushing teeth, or washing hands;
  • Flush toilets only when needed.

To view the current drought status map, please follow this link: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/current-drought-status

September 5, 2020

On September 4, 2020 – the Level 2 drought level remains unchanged from the previous month’s declaration.

A copy of the formal drought declaration letter can be seen using the following link: 

Drought Declaration Letter

As of August 12, 2020 the Drought Management Task Force has recommended and the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs has declared a level 2 – Significant Drought. 

Early Summer 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) has declared that Middlesex County and other locations in Massachusetts be categorized as being in at Level 1 a Mild Drought which is based on the updated State Drought Management plan put into use in September of 2019. 
 

Drought Management Task Force Presentation

Additional Drought Related Resources

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/current-drought-status

https://www.drought.gov/drought/states/massachusetts