Tompkins County experiencing moderate drought

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Water use advisories have been issued in Tompkins County, amid moderate drought conditions caused by a prolonged period of hot and dry weather affecting much of the Finger Lakes.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor reports levels at Fall Creek and Six Mile Creek are well below normal.

Cornell University put out a limited water use advisory on Thursday of last week (September 17) and the City of Ithaca did the same yesterday (September 22).

Area residents were notified by the Tompkins County Health Department.

“The Health Department is working closely with our public water supplies to monitor the situation. We will continue to update the public if additional conservation methods are needed. With little precipitation in the forecast, we encourage all residents to take measures to conserve water,” said Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director. “Health and safety are a priority during the drought, and as the COVID-19 pandemic, continues please wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and maintain cleaning protocols.”

More information and conservation tips can be found in the full press release.

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