Though the summer months are beginning to wind down, the hot and dry weather appears to be going nowhere. So much so, in fact, that the State of New York is cautioning its counties not to engage in certain activities that involve using a lot of water.

Here's the latest advice from the state, and how it may impact your county.

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State of New York Issues Warning Against Watering Lawn

As reported by The Times Union, New York is encouraging counties across the state to avoid watering their lawn for the foreseeable future, as a precaution for drought-like conditions that are approaching in the coming weeks.

Ten counties are currently in the Watch drought stage: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie and Washington. Only the Capital Region's northern-most county, Warren, is currently in Normal status.

New York counties may see more dry conditions in coming weeks (Unsplash / Alexandre Debiève)
New York counties may see more dry conditions in coming weeks (Unsplash / Alexandre Debiève)

As explained by the article, the National Weather Service says that the Capital Region is down more than 5 inches from normal for precipitation - putting it in the top 10 driest summers on record. Temperatures in the high 90's, combined with a shocking lack of rain and storms in past forecasts, have left the state in a unique situation.

So, as we move toward the end of the summer, the state is asking that residents do what they can to conserve water, and not use it recklessly. Other than not watering one's lawn, it's prudent to avoid extra-long showers, and avoid any major refills of pools going forward.

Yes, it may seem like a small impact if its done by one person, but if the Capital Region can commit to saving their water in the short-term, the long-term benefits will be felt all over.

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