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Drought: The Basics
Maine traditionally has had few drought concerns as we are a water rich state. Regional water shortages, or a water shortage that affects a home or neighborhood, are not uncommon.
Droughts occur about every 20 years with severe 3–5 year droughts occurring about every 40 years. A serious drought affected Maine in 2001 through 2003.
A little over half of Maine people are served by a water district. The rest have private wells. Wells that are dug are especially vulnerable to water shortages. Drilled wells are less vulnerable because they reach down into the bedrock where water levels do not change quickly. However, a severe drought over a long period of time can affect the water available in drilled wells.
In a local water shortage or long drought, take steps to conserve water in your home, make sure your water is safe, and protect your water system:
Stay tuned to news, and any special information put out by your water utility, or by the town or state about water supply, and drinking water safety
If you get your water from a water utility:
Remember, you can save money and help the environment by sensible water use at any time. See our Sensible Water Use Tips for more information.
If you have a private well:
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