Vermont Officials: Dry Conditions Could Impact Your Drinking Water

By Kristin Frechette |

Published 10/25 2016 12:44PM

Updated 10/25 2016 02:16PM

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Vermont officials say Vermonters should take steps to conserve water this fall.

According to officials water levels are low this year due to a dry spring and summer and folks could see an impact on drinking water this fall and winter.  

“The precipitation this weekend may have provided some temporary short-term relief, but it’s not enough,” said Scott Whittier, Burlington-based meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“We need several of these systems to come through to ‘recharge’ the groundwater supplies before the ground freezes in winter,” added Whittier.

Officials say the state of Vermont has gotten representatives from state and federal departments to put together a task force to get more information on recent drought conditions.

“Drought can become very widespread across a region or appear in very localized pockets,” said State Climatologist Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, a professor at the University of Vermont and member of the task force.

“It is difficult to predict. We can be in an extended drought situation, or go from a drought to flood conditions in a very short space of time. That’s why it’s so important for people to have a conservation mindset as winter nears,” added Dupigny-Giroux. 

Vermonters who are experiencing low or dry drinking water conditions are asked to report their findings by clicking here.

Officials say drinking water wells that run low or dry can be a risk to your health because your system could start drawing in contaminated water from a nearby source. 

According to the press release if you notice the taste of your water or the color of your water changing it could mean your water supply is low, officials say you can test your drinking water for bacteria

You can order a drinking water test kit by clicking here or by calling 1-800-660-9997. 

State Officials offer the following tips on how to conserve water. 

  • Repair leaking faucets, pipes, toilets, or other fixtures as soon as possible.
  • Run the dishwasher or laundry machine only with full loads.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge for cold drinking water to avoid needing to run the tap.
  • Avoid washing your car.
  • Consider installing simple, cost-effective tools that decrease household water consumption. Aerators for kitchen sink faucets only cost several dollars and are simple to install, and water efficient showerheads can make a drastic difference in water consumption. Contact your local hardware store for availability.

For more information on droughts and water conservation click here.

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