The entire state of Massachusetts is in some level of drought, and with ongoing high temperatures and no meaningful rain on the horizon, the state says it’s time to start getting serious about water conservation according to wbur.
Limiting indoor and outdoor water use “will allow local water supply systems and natural habitats to rebound more quickly, and will also ensure water resources are available for essential needs, such as drinking water and fire protection,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Bethany Card said in a statement.
Massachusetts ranks drought severity on a scale of 0-4, with 0 being “normal” and 4 being an “emergency.” The state is divided into seven regions, and each is assigned a level based on local rainfall data, ground water levels, stream flow and wildfire risk.
As of Thursday evening, the northeast and central regions are in a “Level 3 Critical Drought,” the southeast and Connecticut River Valley regions are in a “Level 2 Significant Drought,” and the western region along with Cape Cod and the Islands are in a “Level 1 Mild Drought.”
Meanwhile, The drought in the west has gotten so bad that bodies, World War II boats, and other artifacts have resurfaced at Lake Mead, about 30 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. As the water dries up, so-called “water cops” are going after anybody who’s wasting it.
According to Fox News, Water waste investigators with the Las Vegas Valley Water District patrol the roads and neighborhoods every day to hunt for violations like broken sprinklers and excess watering. 40 states are experiencing at least moderate drought. Nevada has taken a first-in-the-nation measure to reduce the consequences.
A new law bans non-functional grass, or grass that’s purely decorative like at some office buildings and along sidewalks. “If the only person who ever stands on the grass is pushing a mower, it’s probably nonfunctional, so the grass that you see in business parks like this, nobody’s picnicking out here,” said JC Davis, enterprise conservation manager with the Southern Nevada Water Authority. “The only reason I’m standing on it is because we’re doing an interview.”
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