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Governor declares drought watch for Virginia


Added 10-12-19 01:57:01pm EST - “Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Friday declared a drought watch for all of Virginia as low rainfall and record-breaking high temperatures are anticipated to produce a "significant drought event."” - Thehill.com

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Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Friday declared a drought watch for all of Virginia as low rainfall and record-breaking high temperatures are anticipated to produce a “significant drought event.”

Northan said in a statement that water suppliers, self-supplied water users and all Virginians should begin preparations for a potential drought as over half the state experiences a water deficit.

“While water conservation activities during a drought watch are generally voluntary, we encourage localities and individuals across Virginia to heed this warning and take necessary steps to monitor their water usage,” said Northam.

A drought warning is the next step after a drought watch. Government officials said that should one be issued, water conservation and contingency plans that are already in place or are prepared during a drought watch would take effect. 

“Higher temperatures and less consistent precipitation patterns driven by climate change are making extreme weather like droughts more prevalent around the world, and Virginia is no exception,” said Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew Strickler. “Governor Northam and our administration are taking steps to monitor and mitigate drought impacts and address the causes and symptoms of climate change.” 

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