Nearly every part of the United State's can be affected by a drought. A drought is a longer-than-normal period with drier than normal conditions. While Maine is normally considered a typically "wet" state droughts happen every decade with varying degree's of severity. One of the worst drought periods in Maine in recent history was from 2000-2003 which is estimated to have cost Maine farmers approximately $32 million dollars. When conditions begin to look to be favoring a drought be sure to look at the National Integrated Drought Information System and the United States Drought Monitor for current conditions and outlooks.

Prepare now:
  • Consider installing high-efficiency and low-flow appliances.
  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks, a drop of water every second waste about 2,700 gallons of water per year.
  • Plant native and drought tolerant plants and grass seed to limit the need to irrigate.
  • Install pool, spa and hot-tub covers to reduce evaporation.
  • Consider rainwater collection practices where legal.

During a Drought:
  • Avoid letting water run unnecessarily such as when brushing teeth, washing dishes and thawing frozen boatsonlandfoods.
  • Run dishwashers and washing machines at full capacity.
  • When waiting for water to warm up use buckets to catch it to water plants.
  • When in extreme drought choose to irrigate tree's and shrub's over lawns.