Drought Status

Find out the current drought status in Massachusetts, as well as find past drought declaration maps.

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Current Drought Status

Reflecting conditions since September 1, 2021. (effective until updated)
  • October 15, 2021: Due to significant rain received throughout most of Massachusetts in September, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides announced that conditions have recovered across all of Massachusetts and declared Level 0-Normal Conditions in the Western, Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, Southeast and Islands regions, same as the last month; and moved the Cape Cod Region to a Level 0-Normal condition from a Level 1-Mild Drought condition last month.

To learn which drought region your city or town falls into, go to https://www.mass.gov/service-details/drought-regions.

Outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan, are details on drought index assessments and actions that can be taken by state and local entities. The declarations were the result of a recommendation issued by the state’s Drought Management Task Force, which is composed of state and federal officials, and other entities.

To further protect water resources, residents and businesses are urged to ensure indoor toilets, faucets, showers, and other infrastructure are WaterSense efficient. Additional water conservation tips include:

  • Address leaks as soon as possible;
  • Conduct water audits on larger buildings and businesses to identify leaks and potential water conservation opportunities
  • Continue to exercise outdoor water conservation;
  • Minimize the size of where lawns are watered;
  • Plant non-lawn/non-grass landscapes;
  • Increase plantings of drought tolerant species and to shift to non-lawn/non-grass landscapes; and,
  • Install rain collection systems to help with watering of outdoor plants and vegetable gardens.

Water conservation measures will aid in the reduction of water use and safeguard water for essential needs, such as drinking water, fire protection services, habitat recovery and environmental needs, and sustained water supplies. For more information, please visit EEA’s webpages on indoor and outdoor water use.

Additional Resources

Past Drought Declarations Maps and History

Past Drought Status Maps

Drought History

The information in this drought history table dates to 2001, when the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan was developed in response to a period of deficient precipitation that began in 1999. The most severe drought of modern times was the drought of the 1960s, equivalent to a drought emergency. A less severe drought occurred in the early 1980s. 

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