July 26, 2022 Drought Update

On July 21, 2022, the State Drought Task Force changed our geographical area to be in a state of Critical Drought due mostly to the continued rainfall deficit.

As of July 1, 2022, we are 4.79” precipitation deficit for the year compared to the 30-year average.

Drought Status MapPrecipitation Chart

As of July 26, 2022, Ayer has received only 1.28” of precipitation compared to the average 3.8” for the month of July.

The Ayer DPW is closely monitoring the drought conditions and assess daily the need for more restrictive conservation efforts to maintain a resilient Water Supply.

What will the Town continue to do?

  • Suspend Automatic Sprinkler Systems on public property
  • Suspend Variance Application approvals for new lawn installations
  • Suspend the Flushing Program
  • Reduce Vehicle Washing

What can the Public do?

  • Voluntarily suspend all non-essential outdoor water use
  • Consider different ways to reduce water waste in your own homes and businesses

Ayer DPW will continue to update the Select Board and the public as conditions evolve.  Questions should be directed to the DPW office at 978-772-8240 or kabraham@ayer.ma.us