- Associated Press - Sunday, July 31, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State officials monitoring drought conditions in Rhode Island will meet this week to reassess the situation.

The Water Resources Board’s Drought Steering Committee scheduled a meeting for Thursday morning. The board has been urging Rhode Islanders to conserve water and be on alert for any municipal restrictions.

Kathleen Crawley, the board’s acting general manager, says water demand is up as very dry conditions persist this summer, and that can stress water supplies.

Crawley says a number of cities, towns and water suppliers already have issued restrictions.

Board chair Susan Licardi is urging homeowners and businesses to avoid watering lawns from midmorning to midafternoon, to run dishwashers and do laundry only for full loads and to use pool covers to reduce evaporation.

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