- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - State officials are urging Vermonters to conserve water when possible as dry and drought conditions continue throughout the state.

The governor’s office says abnormally dry conditions this spring and summer have reduced water levels and may impact drinking water supplies through the fall and into the winter, despite the recent rain and snow.

Vermont has set up a task force to coordinate information and response to emerging drought issues.

The task force will be collecting data on water supply shortages. Residents are encouraged to report their low or dry drinking water wells to the state online at https://anrmaps.vermont.gov/websites/droughtreporter/ .

The task force is encouraging residents to reduce water consumption by repairing leaking faucets, pipes and toilets; running dishwashers and laundry machines only when full; and avoiding washing cars.

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